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The Art Forger (2012)

av B. A. Shapiro

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Boston painter Claire Roth has survived financially by painting reproductions, so when influential gallery owner Aiden Markel arrives with a bizarre proposal--her own show if she will forge a copy of a Degas, one of the pictures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--she says yes. As she works, Claire and Aiden become lovers, but she doesn't tell him about her discovery that the stolen Degas is itself a copy. This knowledge is Claire's lifeline when the finished forgery is discovered, Aiden and then Claire are both arrested, and only she can save them.… (mer)
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The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro, was an enjoyable little mini-mystery based on one of the most brazen art thefts in history. The factual element in the book is based on the 1990 art theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Two thieves were able to enter the Museum by posing as police officers, and walked out with 13 works of art valued at $500 million. The crime remains unsolved to this day, and it remains the largest property crime in American history.

With that as background, The Art Forger takes a (fictional) look at what may happen to a stolen painting of such renown. The book takes place in current time, well after the paintings were stolen, and after the statute of limitations for the thefts have expired. The story centers around a young artist, Claire Roth, commissioned to make a reproduction of a Degas painting, one supposedly among those stolen from the Gardner Museum. This (fictional) painting was thought to be an original, but upon examination, may have been a forgery. The mystery was in trying to determine if in fact the painting was actually an original or a forgery, and if a forgery, when it was done, and by whom. It's not one of those stories where the hero (or heroine) has super-human powers, unbelievable mental powers, and performs rare feats of strength. For the most part, the individuals are believable, so you don't have to suspend reality to follow the story line and believe in its premise.

If you have any interest in art, and especially in art museums, you may find this book kind of fun. And it should make your next trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston more interesting, especially if there are empty spots on the walls where some of the actual paintings should be hanging. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Fun quick read ( )
  Sarah_NOVA | Jul 11, 2021 |
3.5***

Claire Roth is an aspiring artist who is making a living (just) by painting reproductions of old masters. And then she’s approached with an opportunity she cannot resist. A Degas painting is delivered to her studio, along with all the tools she’ll need to reproduce it … well, to actually forge the painting. In return she’ll not only be paid handsomely, but she’ll get her own show at Boston’s most prestigious gallery. But as she begins to study the original in preparation for painting the forgery, she makes a startling discovery.

Set against the backdrop of the infamous art theft at the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum in Boston – still the largest unsolved art heist in history – this is a marvelously intricate story. My feelings about Claire kept changing as I learned more of her backstory, and saw how vulnerable she was to being manipulated by unscrupulous men in a position of power. And then again, how could she be so stupid?!

Despite wanting to slap Claire silly a few times, I was engaged from beginning to end and Shapiro kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 3, 2021 |
I liked the book very much and the narration was excellent. ( )
  A2Seamster | Apr 9, 2021 |
Second only to books, I love a good story about art - or is it meta-art in this case? Either way, this novel is very similar in form to The Book People and The Lost Painting in that it is fiction based on on real events; in this case the largest art-heist in history from the Gardener museum. In the novel we follow Claire, an artist who is hired under dubious crcumstances to paint a forgery of one of the stolen Degas artworks - only it is not a real Degas that she is copying from! Things get heated as the forgery buyer is caught and arrested, and Claire must find the real Degas to save herself and her lover from jail time. Not everything works out quite as she plans, but that is what makes the story so real and so intriguing. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
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Shapiro’s brisk narrative takes the reader through Boston’s art world, the logistics of forgery and the perils of attribution, shuttling between the present and three years earlier, when Claire lost Isaac and first straddled the line between copying and fraud. Interwoven are letters from Gardner to a fictitious niece, Amelia, tracing the obscure circumstances under which she acquired the Degas. (The real-life Gardner burned all her correspondence. If, as in Shapiro’s imagining, she acknowledged replies with “Thanksissimo,” perhaps it’s just as well.)
 


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.
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Boston painter Claire Roth has survived financially by painting reproductions, so when influential gallery owner Aiden Markel arrives with a bizarre proposal--her own show if she will forge a copy of a Degas, one of the pictures stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--she says yes. As she works, Claire and Aiden become lovers, but she doesn't tell him about her discovery that the stolen Degas is itself a copy. This knowledge is Claire's lifeline when the finished forgery is discovered, Aiden and then Claire are both arrested, and only she can save them.

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