PDF The Man Who Made Vermeers : Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han Van Meegeren Download
- 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.