The Man Who Made Vermeers Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Date Published: 2008
Edition: Later printing
Book Id: 15232
340 pp. Octavo. White on peach cloth boards. Illustrated DJ.
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, making a mockery of the Nazis. And it's a story that has been believed ever since. To bad it isn't true. Jonathan Lopez has done what no other writer could, tracking down primary sources in four countries and five languages to reveal for the first time the real story of the world's most famous forger. Neither unappreciated artist nor antifascist hero, Van Meegeren emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook - a talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paintbrush, who spent much of his life making and selling fake Old Masters.