Counterfeits in the art world are not new. The ancient Romans performed many copies of Greek sculptures, the Phoenicians carried copies of Egyptian vessels, and even Michelangelo carried imitations of Greco-Roman art. Here are five people who, thanks to their ability to imitate great masters, managed to outwit the great art institutions.
Elmyr de Hory. When speaking of fake, we have to talk about the biggest. This Hungarian, born in 1922, raised more than $ 100 million with his counterfeits. He forged Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and Renoir, and is probably that can still be some of his works with names of other authors in great galleries and museums.
Han van Meegeren. In the beginning he did not intend to be forger. He wanted to be recognized as an artist, but art critics scorned his work. To demonstrate his talent, he began to imitate some of the greatest artists in the world and managed to replicate well the colors and styles, the best art critics and experts were not able to realize the deception.
John Myatt. At first, Myatt no secret that the paintings he sold were imitations made by himself. However, John Drewe, one of his regular clients, confessed that he had sold at Christie’s a copy of Albert Gleizes for 25,000 pounds. From that moment they began to collaborate on what has been known as the biggest art fraud of the 20th-Century, with 200 works counterfeited by Matisse, Giocometti, Braque, Picasso, Giacometti, Le Corbusier, Monet and Renoir.
Wolfgang Beltracchi. The forger, in collaboration with his wife and his sister, managed to circulate some 44 works by getting a profit of about $ 49 million.
María Apelo Cruz. This involuntary counterfeiter made an exact copy of Picasso painting La Femme Au Chapeau Bleu when the gallery owner asked her to carry a copy that had been stolen and needed to catch the thief. The gallery sold the piece for 2 million dollars as an original Picasso.
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