Dutch Painter Faker of Vermeers

"Dutch painter Han van Meegeren skipped the starving artist routine, making $3 million worth of sales in the 1930s and '40s (that would be $30 million today) despite art critics' consensus that he was a no-talent fop, a maker of cloying and derivative images."

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century'' is published by Harper by Edward Dolnick.

Another book about van Meegeren, "The Man Who Made Vermeers'' by Jonathan Lopez, will be published by Harcourt on Aug. 21.

[read more at bloomberg]
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