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The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han Van Meegeren

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It's a story that made Dutch painter Han van Meegeren famous worldwide when itand#160;broke at the end of World War II: A lifetime of disappointment droveand#160;him to forge Vermeers, one of which he sold to Hermann Goering inand#160;mockery of the Nazis. And it's a story that's been believed ever since.and#160;Too badand#160;it isn't true.

Jonathan Lopez has drawn on never-before-seen documents from dozens of archives to write a revelatory new biography of the worldand#8217;s most famous forger. Neither unappreciated artist nor antifascist hero, Van Meegeren emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crookand#151;a talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paintbrush. Lopez explores a network of illicit commerce that operated across Europe: Not only was Van Meegeren a key player in that high-stakes game in the 1920s and '30s, landing fakes with famous collectors such as Andrew Mellon, but he and his associates laterand#160;cashed in on the Nazi occupation.

The Man Who Made Vermeersand#160;is a long-overdue unvarnishing of Van Meegerenand#8217;s legend and a deliciously detailed story of deceit in the art world.

Synopsis:

Jonathan Lopez recasts an anti-fascist folk hero as a Talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paintbrush in a new biography of a painter who famously forged Hermann Goering's Vermeer.

About the Author

Jonathan Lopez is a painter and writer who speaks five languages and traveled to four countries to research Van Meegeren. He is serving as the technical consultant for a feature-length documentary on Van Meegeren and has written an article on Van Meegeren for De Groene Amsterdammer, Hollands oldest and most respected weekly magazine.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction and#149; A Liarand#8217;s Biography and#149; 1

Chapter One and#149; The Collaborator and#149; 11

Chapter Two and#149; Beautiful Nonsense and#149; 21

Chapter Three and#149; The Sphinx of Delft and#149; 52

Chapter Four and#149; Smoke and Mirrors and#149; 72

Chapter Five and#149; A Happy Hunting Ground and#149; 100

Chapter Six and#149; The Master Forger and the Fascist Dream and#149; 124

Chapter Seven and#149; Sieg Heil! and#149; 143

Chapter Eight and#149; Goering Gets a Vermeer and#149; 166

Chapter Nine and#149; The Endgame and#149; 186

Chapter Ten and#149; Swept Under the Rug and#149; 221

Epilogue and#149; Framing the Fake and#149; 243

Acknowledgments and#149; 249

Endnotes and#149; 257

Select Bibliography and#149; 295

Picture Credits and#149; 317

Index and#149; 323

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547247847
Subtitle:
Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren
Author:
Lopez, Jonathan
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Meegeren, Han van
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes - Forgeries
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090715
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10-15 b/w photos throughout
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb

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