Painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
Meaning of Authentic:
1. Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief.
2. Not counterfeit or copied. (Wordweb)
If looking for the truth of things, search for what is authentic as opposed to simple. Simple doesn’t come close to explaining life at any time.
Van Gogh caught the authenticity of the gypsies’ life in his painting, and in doing so made their existence eternal.