In 1937 the world was enriched by a new Vermeer. Only eight years later it was unveiled that this Vermeer had not been painted in the 17th century but was made by a contemporary artist, Han van Meegeren (1889-1947). In his role of a new Johannes Vermeer, he was the creator of the most notorious fake in the history of art. His impact on the art-world was enormous.Directly after Van Meegeren’s exposure in 1945 a wave of self-recrimination surged through the world’s art-museums and many ‘Old Masters’ disappeared from museum-walls.
Van Meegeren changed for ever our way of looking on art and of appraising authenticity.Up till now, an integral study on Van Meegeren’s life and work has been missing.The author Frederik H. Kreuger has filled in this gap and was in an optimal position to do so because:- he lived in war-time Holland, where Van Meegeren was active- moreover hismother tongue is Dutch-- he was fortunate to meet the last living relatives of Han van Meegeren and thelast surviving witness of Van Meegeren’s arrest-- he discovered an unpublished biography of Van Meegeren’s son Jacques, containing considerable new information on both father and son.In the course of his research Frederik H.
Kreuger discovered many unknownphotographs relating to Van Meegeren’s life as well as a number of paintings under Van Meegeren’s own name.In addition, he uncovered several hitherto unidentified Old Masters created by Van Meegeren.All in all, this book forms the most complete biography ever written on the artist.The film and TV rights of this book are represented by POOKA ENTERTAINMENT, a Hollywood, California, literary management firm that will be shopping the book as the basis for a potential feature film or TV series on Van Meegerens career as the world’s greatest art forger.