New York: Harcourt, Inc. 2008. Later printing. Hardcover. 340 pp. Octavo. White on peach cloth boards. Illustrated DJ. NEW. Item #15232
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.