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The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The Art Forger (original 2012; edition 2013)

by B.A. Shapiro

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Title:The Art Forger
Authors:B.A. Shapiro
Info:Thorndike Press (2013), Edition: Lrg, Hardcover, 532 pages
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The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (2012)

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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 |
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Love learning how things are done and how some can get away with it, forging art.
This book is about Claire and 25 years later a stolen painting from a big heist has arrived at her studio. She has been hired out to repaint originals so she can have a showing.
Til the painting shows up....travels overseas and dealings with the Mob appear in this book, such an action packed book. Loved hearing of the way the painting is done, such definite procedures.
Felt story could've been told in ascending chronological order and been a great read. This book jumps around in town and I felt it was hard to follow that way. Few characters, easy to keep track of the main ones.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Oct 22, 2014 |
The Art Forger is an absolute must-read for anyone with an interest in fine art. Shapiro weaves a wonderful work of fiction around a real event, the 1990 robbery at the Isabelle Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston during which 13 works of art totaling an estimated value of US$500 million were stolen. As the robbery remains unsolved to this day, it is the perfect vehicle for this speculative work of fiction.

The narrative shifts seamlessly between Isabelle's life as an art collector in the late 19th century and the life of Claire, a young modern day fine arts graduate whose naivety allows her to be unwittingly lured into the world of art forgery. The techniques used by forgers make for fascinating reading, but it is the reference to various works of art and artists that had me scrambling for reference books and the internet to increase my (very limited) knowledge of this fascinating subject. A thoroughly enjoyable read! ( )
  Hanneri | Aug 28, 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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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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