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by B. A. Shapiro

  • ISBN: 1616203161
  • Author: B. A. Shapiro
  • ePub ver: 1442 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Later Printing edition (May 21, 2013)
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  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
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The Art Forger The book is based on the unsolved Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft of thirteen works of ar. .

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The Art Forger: A Novel - Fascinating to find out the world behind forging art work. This author really knew her subject and the city of Boston where the heist takes place. I felt like I was there most of the time. Art forgery books on the Old Masters, Vincent van Gogh, and more, with a little bit of fiction thrown in, all for your reading pleasure.

Obviously, The Art Forger delves into, of course, forgery and why people take part in such an act. However, . In the book, artist Claire Roth tries (and fails) to crawl out of a damaged reputation courtesy of a controversy involving her and her fellow artist/former lover Isaac Cullion

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Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

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Okay three and a half star because there is much to like about this book. It is what people now call a beach read--and it is a good solid beach read. I found the writing and pace to be quite good. I really admire the author's ability to keep the reader guessing right on to the end. I enjoyed reading about all the technical aspects of painting and "forgery" even though I know nothing about painting. Maybe an art person will find fault, but I found it all to be sensible and fascinating

On the downside, it's formulaic. There are the requisite number of stand-by-you friends and villains. Character development is lacking for the most part, although I felt she did the villains well. I understood them better than the main character. I never quite understood the main character Claire getting involved in the situation in the first place. The character's whole back story never rang true for the person the author presents to us. One major problem for me was that the "incident" that causes Claire to be where she is at the beginning of the book left me feeling she was kind of a jerk. No details here to prevent spoilers. I closed the book still thinking, "hmmm, I don't know. Something doesn't fit there." It's a book that could have been a great book with a bit more work.
Light out of Fildon
This is my second free download from Amazon Prime Reading (the other being
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison). What luck to find two such absorbing
books that hold the reader's attention until the very end. Thank you, Amazon.
This novel deals with a masterpiece, painted by Degas, which hung on a museum
wall for a century before being lost in a heist many years ago. Now, a wheeler-dealer
agent believes he has found the original and wants our young lady "art forger" to
copy it so he can get rich selling the copy and heroically re-hang the original on
the museum wall. Is his painting the one which disappeared? How could we know?
Nobody ever considered whether the disappeared painting was the original.
The Art Forger believes his copy is forged. Who did that? Maybe Degas himself,
in the 1800s, his associates, his rivals, rich collectors, crooks, the family which
established the museum. There are serious legal questions about copying paintings
- you can copy them but it's not legal to sell a copy if you represent it as original.
The art forger, herself, lands in jail at one point. Myriad questions, starting with
Degas, must be answered to find the original and establish its authenticity.
I think it was the show White Collar that drew me into this book.All the scenes in that show of Nick forging works of art. Maybe there aren't that many, but they grabbed my imagination. I'm also fascinated by the amount of art that is not so much creativity as technical skill: preparing the canvas, for example. And to take all that and craft a truly complex mystery that weave it all together is a tremendous accomplishment. Don't let me give you the impression that the plot of this book is anything but thrilling. It is a page turner. But it's a page turner that has kindled in me a desire to go visit a museum and stare at some works by Degas.
Claire Roth is beautiful, talented, and cursed. Even when she tries to do the right thing, it somehow turns out all wrong. Take Isaac Cullion, all she wanted to do was nudge him out of his funk and help him get his painting done in time for the art opening and look how that turned out? Now here's Aiden Markell, offering her the chance of a lifetime. All she has to do is paint a duplicate of Edgar Degas' After the Bath. Who better than Claire, a certified Repro painter specializing in his works? Yet this time her reproduction is more than just a copy, it's a forgery of a painting which was stolen during the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Or is it? Despite the thrill of having an original Degas in her studio apartment, something isn't quite right. Nagging doubts cloud Claire's mind, notwithstanding the mind blowing sex with her new lover or the promise of her own art show at his gallery. Since there's no one she can comfortably confide in, Claire starts doing her own investigation to uncover some truths which have been kept a secret for over a hundred years.

Barbara A Shapiro once again uses her knowledge of the Art World plus the mystique of Boston to bring us a novel of art and intrigue in The Art Forger. Developing a fascination with Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1983 which was reinforced after the infamous unresolved heist at the famous Boston museum, Shapiro waited until she found a way to combine past historical events with fictional characters to create a cohesive tale of love and betrayal. Weaving truth and fiction, she fabricates a series of letters written by Gardner to her "niece" describing her titilating encounters with the famed Degas in her attempts to buy one of his paintings for the museum she is determined to build. He agrees, but there are stipulations which might not be acceptable to her high brow society peers, despite her already outrageous behaviors. Although there is no written record of these meetings and no true correspondence to relate, the author still frames a plausible background to her modern day tale.

While Shapiro's descriptions of the history and techniques of various art forgeries over the years is interesting, at times the details of this and other artistic techniques are perhaps a bit too technical for the average reader. In addition I would have liked a bit more depth of character for Claire and her associates to go along with the richly developed Boston setting. Besides the old time letters and narrative about Claire's current life, there are also flashbacks from three years prior to the start of this story involving her relationship with Isaac, explaining her pariah status. I liked how the reader is given clues utilizing the three scenarios to help decipher the outcome, although for me, at least, there were no surprises, just reasonable expectations. In the end, Claire was a bit too self righteous and not entirely innocent, plus she made a lousy girlfriend - still from notoriety comes fame (see the Kardasians).

The Art Forger has been on my to read list since last year when I read Shapiro's book The Muralist and it didn't disappoint with a plot richly layered just like the paintings Claire designed. Four stars.

This review also appears on my blog, Gotta Read.

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