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

Author(s): Jonathan Lopez


NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, THE LAST VERMEER, STARRING GUY PEARCE: A revelatory biography of the world's most famous forger--a talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paintbrush--and a deliciously detailed story of deceit in the art world.

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 for this long-overdue unvarnishing of Van Meegeren's legend. Neither unappreciated artist nor antifascist hero, Van Meegeren emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook. 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.


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  • : 9780547247847
  • : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • : Harcourt Children's Books
  • : 0.299371
  • : July 2009
  • : .806 Inches X 5.312 Inches X 8 Inches
  • : books

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  • : 352
  • : Paperback
  • : Jonathan Lopez