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.
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