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O estúdio que 'cria' pinturas de Van Gogh e Picasso

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Could this be the most important and expensive collection of masterpieces ever?

Actually no. In fact, it’s a workshop in Dafen in Southern China where more than half of the world's oil paintings are mass-produced.

Millions of replicas of Van Goghs, Monets, and Picassos are exported, generating billions in revenue for these painters who were once farmers or migrant workers.

But because of online competition, these artists are starting to concentrate on producing original pieces of art.

Transcrição em português:

Pode essa ser a mais importante e cara coleção de obras de arte que já existiu?

Na verdade, não. Trata-se de um estúdio na região Sul da China onde mais da metade das pinturas a óleo do mundo são reproduzidas em massa.

Milhões de réplicas de quadros de Van Gogh, Monet e Picasso são exportadas, gerando polpudas receitas para esse pintores, que foram camponeses ou trabalhadores que migraram para as cidades.

Mas por causa da competição online, esses artistas começaram a se concentrar na produção de peças de arte originais.

Vocabulary:

masterpieces high quality and very valuable paintings

mass-produced made cheaply and in very large numbers

replicas exact copies

revenue income or money

original not a copy; the artist's own work

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

masterpieces/mass-produced/replicas/revenue/original

1. An exact __________ of an 18th Century French frigate has completed its maiden voyage - recreating a historic transatlantic journey to America.

2. Over the years the band has seen several changes in its line-up - to confuse even the most diehard fans. Now the __________ members have decided to re-form, but under a new name, MKS.

3. China is well-known for __________ products, but some traditional items are still lovingly handcrafted in the country's factories and workshops.

4. A Scottish aristocrat has told a court that he became "an actor" in an undercover police operation to secure the return of a stolen __________.

5. Casino _________ in the world's largest gaming centre, Macau, fell almost 20% in November from a year ago as gamblers' appetite for the gambling hub continued to wane.

Answers

1. An exact replica of an 18th Century French frigate has completed its maiden voyage recreating a historic transatlantic journey to America.

Source: Replica French warship Hermione arrives in Yorktown, US

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33033850

2. Over the years the band has seen several changes in its line-up - to confuse even the most diehard fans. Now the original members have decided to re-form, but under a new name, MKS.

Source: MKS: Original Sugababes reunite http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23509084

3. China is well-known for mass produced products, but some traditional items are still lovingly handcrafted in the country's factories and workshops.

Source: Ancient Chinese art of scissor-making http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22164267

4. A Scottish aristocrat has told a court that he became "an actor" in an undercover police operation to secure the return of a stolen masterpiece.

Source: Duke of Buccleuch was 'an actor' in Yarnwinder probe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-33026464

5. Casino revenues in the world's largest gaming centre, Macau, fell almost 20% in November from a year ago as gamblers' appetite for the gambling hub continued to wane.

Source: Macau's casino revenue falls further http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30272168