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Sep 09, 2011This book is not one I might normally have read, had it not been brought to my attention by a series of strange coincidences that would make even Lemony Snicket's jaw drop. But this is a happy story, not a tragic one, so please bear with me.
Jun 20, 2017Successful art forgery stories have always been an interest of mine and for that reason this book, being about the best Vermeer forger to the date, was a sweet read.
Jul 28, 2012This is the second book that I have read in the past couple of months about the Dutch forger Han van Meegeren. The first (â€œI Was Vermeer: The Rise and Fall of the Twentieth Centuryâ€™s Greatest Forgerâ€) was a very sympathetic portrait of the man who made (in todayâ€™s dollars) millions creating fake works of art. While his own above-board career as a portrait painter and artist stalled.
Jul 22, 2018It is a fine non-fictional book about a fraudster named Han van Meegeren who created fake Vermeer's paintings at the turn of the century. (More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_van...)
Dec 29, 2008OK. So - I knew nothing about Vermeer's art going into this. Other than I had heard of his painting - The Girl With The Pearl Earring. And I only knew about that because of the movie I had caught in passing on TV one day. And even then, I didn't remember that Vermeer was the one to paint it until I began reading this book. Why then would I read this book?
Jun 25, 2008"A deliciously detailed story of deceit in the art world," brings us the story of a WWII era forger of Vermeers who was made a Dutch folk hero for hoodwinking Goering into buying one of his forgeries. However, this book reveals the truth of van Meegeren's true political colors.
Feb 06, 2012An intriguing story, a compelling if not particularly likeable subject, crisp writing, elegant language and an author who explains details and concepts without talking down to his reader all made this a wonderful reading experience.
Aug 24, 2008A very enjoyable read, and informative about Europe prior to and during WWII (in addition to of course being a comprehensive look at this notorious forger).
Aug 24, 2008I liked just about everything about this book, but what struck me most was Lopez's compelling comparison between Van Meegeren's forgeries and the popular Nazi propaganda art being painted at the same time. Blows Van Meeregen's legend out of the water. Well worth a read.
Nov 18, 2010The story of a forger who made remarkably unconvincing "Van Gogh" paintings and sold them for megabucks (megamarks?) to Hitler and his friends.
Feb 03, 2009Thanks for your interest in the book! For more about the research that went into it, a wide selection of reviews and interviews, as well as color reproductions of all the images included, please visit the book's website: http://www.themanwhomadevermeers.com/
Aug 17, 2012I was listening to an interview with Marshall McLuhan's son, and he said that his father, when reading nonfiction, only read every other page, because nonfiction writers are so redundant (not to mention, generally boring) that it's all that's necessary. I smacked myself on the head because if I had heard that before I started this book, I may have finished it. As it was, I gave it a lot longer trial than it deserved, about 75% of the book.
Aug 13, 2011It appears that Han van Meergeren was in a sense his own greatest forgery.
Jul 31, 2008this is the best book on the subject i've read so far--and there are many out ii have yet to get to--having read only six or seven of them--
Apr 25, 2017Intersting & extremely wel-researched story of Han van Meegeren who became famous for forging Vermeers and selling them to the Nazis during World War II This is one of those footnotes of history that is so very interesting.
Nov 21, 2009I made it to about page 148 before calling it quit.
Feb 12, 2014Hmmm. This turned out to be a very interesting book, especially about the immediate post-war period in Europe. My quibble is that there are many characters who appear only very briefly and various organizations (in Dutch- not my language) which are piled on in the setting of the stage at the beginning of the book that the details overwhelm the purpose. As the story progresses, it gets more interesting and more compelling. Maybe it did not have to be told in strict chronological order. Overall, Hmmm. This turned out to be a very interesting book, especially about the immediate post-war period in Europe. My quibble is that there are many characters who appear only very briefly and various organizations (in Dutch- not my language) which are piled on in the setting of the stage at the beginning of the book that the details overwhelm the purpose. As the story progresses, it gets more interesting and more compelling. Maybe it did not have to be told in strict chronological order. Overall, it is certainly worthwhile for both the forgery aspects and the historical aspects. I would have liked to know much more about the young Dutch grad student who uncovered the true story- the one which turned van Meegeren from forger/hero to forger/Nazi sympathizer through her diligent research. In all fairness, Lopez does give her credit, but I wanted more information. ...more
Mar 15, 2009Another book that I read and had put away in the 'wrong place' (partially due to a minor flooding problem) and wanted to get shelved before I added my all too brief comments.
Feb 02, 2010First: A bit of back story. I have a friend who, every time I go to visit, hands me a book out of his collection. I read it and return it the next time I am around. These books tends to be varied and make for a pretty random assortment. So imagine my confusion when I returned a book on anthropology (a subject I love) and picked up a book on art(I can't even draw a straight line and I hate most art).
May 28, 2010This book was very well researched, but it did feel a little like I was reading a very long art history essay. The visual analysis and the psychology behind the forgeries was very interesting. I was definitely convinced by his argument that Van Meegren was a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator. But I had trouble following the logistics of the business and the many partners, middlemen, and connoisseurs involved. There were so many names and so many unknown aspects of the business. Also, Van This book was very well researched, but it did feel a little like I was reading a very long art history essay. The visual analysis and the psychology behind the forgeries was very interesting. I was definitely convinced by his argument that Van Meegren was a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator. But I had trouble following the logistics of the business and the many partners, middlemen, and connoisseurs involved. There were so many names and so many unknown aspects of the business. Also, Van Meegren's early life and involvement in the forgery business was so brief I've already forgotten it. Still, it's a fascinating story about the man who made future Vermeer forgeries impossible. ...more
Mar 21, 2009I'll admit that I'm a sucker for books about art world characters. This time, the protagonist is an art forger and the story is utterly enthralling. I love being projected back to a world where the most sought after thing in the world of old master painting validation was the certificate of an "expert." When these experts were duped, the intrigue becomes even more interesting indeed! A documentary on the same subject is due out later this year. Looking forward to that as well.
Nov 29, 2009I was hoping for a character study of the world's most famous forger, Han Van Meegeren. There was a bit of that, but more detective work tracing the conspiracy that got some incredible "Vermeers" into the hands of the Nazis. I feel like the author did too much research.
Dec 27, 2008This is a great combination of history, the art world and true crime. Jonathan Lopez has used the facts and some great investigative work to spin a fascinating tale.
Apr 07, 2010Fabulous and engrossing book. Art, Vermeer, Nazis, Kitsch, 'who-done-it'... all rolled into one.
May 27, 2019Lopez has written a remarkably fine book, well researched and conceived at an impressive intellectual level, yet written by an excellent storyteller whose work is fully accessible to the general reader. The author seems completely at home in the Dutch language, the cultural history of the period, and the specialized world of art criticism without ever flaunting his expertise before his readers.
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