The Man Who Made Vermeers

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

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  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132 x 201 x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 01 Aug 2009
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Imprint: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, United States
  • Language: English
  • Edition Statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • ISBN10: 0547247842
  • ISBN13: 9780547247847
  • Bestsellers rank: 148,904

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.