Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis

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Andrew Graham-Dixon investigates the story of the 20th century's greatest art forger, Dutch artist Han van Meegeren, who made millions during World War II selling fake Vermeers in Nazi-occupied Holland. Following a trail of evidence across Europe, Graham-Dixon pieces together how van Meegeren fooled the art establishment - and even swindled Hermann Göring, selling him what was then one of the most expensive paintings in the world. Looking at this tale of intrigue and double-dealing against the backdrop of Europe's darkest hour, Graham-Dixon tries to uncover the motives of the master forger. Was he a Dutch folk hero, outwitting the Nazi occupiers? A cynical opportunist? Or even ruthless collaborator? As Andrew Graham-Dixon discovers, this is a tale about much more than simply art forgery: a twisted, timely morality tale about the blurred lines between truth and fiction that poses uncomfortable questions about deception - and collusion.

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Critic Reviews for Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis

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  • [Andrew] Graham-Dixon navigated the story most entertainingly, veering between disdain and astonishment that a bespectacled little conman brazened it out for so long.

    October 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Andrew Graham-Dixon] fury kept this investigation bubbling, but at 90 minutes it was overlong. The chief characters were too sordid to hold our interest for more than an hour and we were kept waiting too long for the final chapter.

    October 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It was a high-stakes tale of deception and desire. A ripping yarn with a moral twist in the tale. Just a shame it was self-indulgently spread over 90 minutes, rather than 60 or 75.

    October 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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