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Han van Meegeren

Must I Paint You a Picture?

Over at the New York Times blogs, documentary film-maker and visual historian Errol Morris has just wrapped up his long series entitled Bamboozling Ourselves, which might be of interest to readers of this blog. Bamboozling Ourselves explores the case of Han van Meegeren, the 20th century’s most famous art forger, through the lens of two recent books on van Meegeren and his paintings. From the 1920s through the 1940s, the Dutch van Meegeren painted a series of “Vermeers” which were authenticated and praised by art historians and critics. One of them was eventually bought during World War II by Hermann Read more