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A Forger's Tale Hardcover – 1 Jun 2017
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A fascinating gilt box of secret art knowledge and expertise, told in the unpretentious voice of a legendary forger who fooled museums and collectors from his garden shed. -- Dominic Smith, author of THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS A roundabout love letter to art. -- Ben Okri A remarkably lively account...fascinating. The Times
The riveting account of how Britain's most prolific and versatile forger hoodwinked the art world.See all Product description
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Running throughout the book alongside the anecdotes of dodgy dealers, overworked detectives, supportive, unsuspicious, parents and bemused art historians is another, largely understated, theme: the sadness that Greenhalgh never found the confidence to pursue his own art and when faced, as the majority of creative people are, with the bland indifference of the rest of the world chose, instead of battling on to discover his own visions, to step aside and hijack those of others for monetary gain.
The author was the fake maker, his parents, pretend pensioners, were the Artful Codgers. They were the deal closers. It had all the hallmarks of an Ealing comedy. In June 2007 Shaun was sentenced to four years eight months in jail. His parents were given suspended sentences. The gang faked paintings by very famous artists and ceramics. Shaun forged a Gaugin painting that fooled everyone. He made experts look like amateurs.
This account gives you piles of information about the techniques used to make art, it also indicts professionals in many museums. At times thiese confessions are witty, charming and self- deprecating. Above all, they are instructive. Shaun made Columbian pots, Hepworths, Chinese porcelain and much more. It is not a forger's guide on how to make copies. It is bulging with knowledge and expertise. Shaun is obviously obsessed with making things. What excites him is the making. His life story is, to put it mildly, extraordinary. This working class lad educated in a comprehensive became addicted to art and with no training or help he as able to cast Venetian bronze objects and much, much more.
The real focus of this book is the ability of art to bewitch and inspire. It transformed Shaun's life. Is he a scoundrel? In some ways yes. He became a slave of art. He joined the army but art hunted him down. He was this nation's greatest forger The art world's role is very poor.Read more ›