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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 it broke at the end of World War II: A lifetime of disappointment drove him to forge Vermeers, one of which he sold to Hermann Goering in mockery of the Nazis. And it's a story that's been believed ever since. Too bad 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 worlds most famous forger. Neither unappreciated artist nor antifascist hero, Van Meegeren emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook—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 later cashed in on the Nazi occupation.

The Man Who Made Vermeers is a long-overdue unvarnishing of Van Meegerens 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 • A Liars Biography • 1

Chapter One • The Collaborator • 11

Chapter Two • Beautiful Nonsense • 21

Chapter Three • The Sphinx of Delft • 52

Chapter Four • Smoke and Mirrors • 72

Chapter Five • A Happy Hunting Ground • 100

Chapter Six • The Master Forger and the Fascist Dream • 124

Chapter SevenSieg Heil! • 143

Chapter Eight • Goering Gets a Vermeer • 166

Chapter Nine • The Endgame • 186

Chapter Ten • Swept Under the Rug • 221

Epilogue • Framing the Fake • 243

Acknowledgments • 249

Endnotes • 257

Select Bibliography • 295

Picture Credits • 317

Index • 323

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547247847
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:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
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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