Supposed works by Tarsila do Amaral become NFTs under controversy and family dispute

The controversy surrounding the construction by renowned modernist artist Tarsila do Amaral gains new contours with the transformation of her drawings into NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens), marking an intriguing chapter in the history of digital art.

Dating from the 1920s and depicting landscapes of the Brazilian coast, the drawings, belonging to translator Alípio Neto, are sold online with a certificate of authenticity, which generates a series of legal and family challenges.

Family and intellectual heritage controversies regarding NFTs

While the great-niece and heir Tarsilinha refuses to recognize the authenticity of the works, two other heirs authorized the production of the works. NFTsproviding indirect authentication to the drawings.

This impasse adds more complexity to the legal battle that seeks to validate the authorship of the works and their inclusion in the artist’s official catalogue, last updated in 2008.

NFTs, sold for 0.3 ETH each (approximately R$3,300) by the Swedish company Zeitls, became the target of intense speculation and several debates.

Paola Montenegro, Tarsila’s great-grandniece and owner of the artist’s copyright, is involved in the project, despite the commission of experts on Tarsila’s works not having unanimously approved the authenticity of the drawings.

NFT sold with works by Tarsila do Amaral – Image: Reproduction

Paulo Montenegro, another heir of the artist, expressed doubts about the authenticityclaiming not to be an expert, but signed a document authorizing the production of the NFTs, presenting the drawings as Tarsila’s originals.

Alípio Neto’s lawyer, Mario Solimene Filho, argues that the NFTs and the family’s authorization are significant evidence of the authenticity of the works.

Zeitls, through Daniela Zschaber, ensures the originality of the works and highlights the company’s objective of promoting Brazilian art abroad.

While the legal dispute continues, the legacy of Tarsila do Amaral, a fundamental figure in the Brazilian modernist movement, remains at the center of an intriguing intersection between tradition and digital innovation.

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