Synopses & Reviews
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.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE MAN WHO MADE VERMEERSand#160;"From the outrageous swindles he perpetrated in Vermeer's name to the nefarious dealings he had with the Nazis in occupied Holland, Han van Meegeren's is an unforgettable, almost unbelievable story. Witty, erudite, and utterly compelling, Jonathan Lopez's account of the twentieth century's most notorious art forger is a must-read--a book that makes Van Meegeren's fake Vermeers even more fascinating, I dare say, than the Delft master's originals."--Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
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
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