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The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

The Art Forger (2012)

by B. A. Shapiro

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For fans of "White Collar" this is a great read. It explains how art forgers can get away with their forged master pieces!! ( )
  yukon92 | Jun 22, 2015 |
I love the Gardner museum and am interested in anything to do with the heist, but I found this book rather disappointing. The plot was often predictable and towards the end pretty preposterous and the characters were thin and undeveloped. The letters supposedly written by Isabella I did not find convincing at all--it did not sound like the voice of a late19th/early 20th century woman. At least it was a pretty quick read. ( )
  nicole_a_davis | Apr 30, 2015 |
Claire is a painter, a recent MFA graduate who is tarred with a possible scandal (she painted a painting that her professor took credit for and she was not believed when she told people she'd painted it). She is doing reproduction when a formidable man in Boston's Art World asks her to do a reproduction of The Three Nudes by Degas. While doing the reproduction, Claire becomes convinced that she is not painting the original Degas painting and this leads us down a road of theft, finger removal, and fraud.

A fascinating page turner about the art world, what people see and what they want to believe. ( )
  minxcr1964 | Feb 27, 2015 |
The richness of detail makes this story so enjoyable to read. The descriptions of how Claire recreates the Degas masterpiece, how she determines authenticity, how she tracks down the real thing - it is all fascinating. The threads of Claire's personal life are no less engaging and the whole comes together in a way that makes the reader stop and consider how one knows if something is "real" or just a copy... ( )
  tjsjohanna | Nov 3, 2014 |
Novel based on theft of art from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Well-written and great insight on artists who copy and forge paintings. Enjoyed the last third of the book most. Seemed to get more intriguing. ( )
  bogopea | Oct 27, 2014 |
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Readers looking for insight into the Gardner heist will have to go elsewhere. But readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find “The Art Forger” rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.

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A painting is above all a product of the artist's imagination; it must never be a copy.
--Edgar Degas
To Dan, who never gave up
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I step back and scrutinize the paintings.
A painting is above all a product of the artist's imagination; it must never be a copy. --- Edgar Degas
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A Degas painting stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. A few years after suffering personal disappointment from her artist/lover which also cast her reputation away, a handsome suave art gallery owner enters her life with an intriguing proposition to help the museum, benefit mankind and recover her career aspirations at the same time.
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An artist whose reputation has been tarnished stumbles on a piece of art that disappeared twenty-five years ago and agrees to forge it for a gallery owner, until she realizes that the art she is forging may itself be a forgery.

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