It's a story that made Dutch painter Han van Meegeren famous worldwide when it broke at the end of World War II: a lifetime of disappointment drove him to forge Vermeers, one of which he sold to Hermann Goering, making a mockery of the Nazis. And though this story has been accepted ever since, Jonathan Lopez argues convincingly that it is far from the truth. Neither unappreciated artist nor antifascist hero, Van Meegeren emerges in this fascinating investigation as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook who plied the forger's trade far longer than he ever admitted—a talented Mr. Ripley armed with a paintbrush. Lopez also explores the forger's role in a network of illicit commerce that operated across Europe in the 1920s and 30s.
"I can say with authority that ... The Man Who Made Vermeers ... makes for a terrific read, even by flashlight as you lay on top of sweat-soaked sheets wishing you'd thought to buy a battery-operated fan before Hurricane Ike struck."—Houston Chronicle