The Art Forger

The Art Forger

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting, a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum, in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611749274
Branch Call Number: CD F SHA
Additional Contributors: Sands, Xe


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Nov 12, 2015

Cannot rate, never got interested. Despite the good quality of voice, I prefer the narrator/reader just read instead of trying to interpret the gist of the writing with various inflections of speech - let me draw my own conclusions.

Dec 18, 2014

As an artist and lover of fine art, I enjoyed this novel very much.

The reader was excellent.

bbonier Dec 28, 2013

An intriguing look into the world of artists, painting and what constitutes forgery (vs. copying a painting). The author includes fascinating details of techniques used to make a painting look old. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in art.

Dec 25, 2012

3.5 stars

Protaganist Claire Roth has a knack for getting herself into ethically compromising positions. Feeling shunned by the respectable art community, she can't resist the offer of a significant sum and the still-more-tempting promise of a one-woman show at a highly regarded gallery in exchange for painting a Degas forgery. And not just any Degas: The one she's asked to reproduce was stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, along with other notable works, in 1990. (This was a real-life theft that remains unsolved. In The Art Forger, author B.A. Shapiro imagines a possible recovery of Degas' still-missing "After the Bath.")

So, Claire thinks, why not? She's a Degas devotee, after all, and regularly paints Degas reproductions for Those works are, of course, sold as legitimate reproductions rather than as the real thing, but no matter. Claire's partner in crime convinces her she'll never get caught.

When she sees the stolen painting from which she will work, Claire begins to suspect that it is not Degas' original. From this premise ensues her work to discover where the real Degas might be.

This is a sensuous book, full of rich descriptions of Degas' works and the emotional responses they evoke. Shapiro wraps up the story too tidily at the end, and I'm not convinced Claire would have come out quite so well if this were not a novel. For the most part, however, Shapiro creates a satisfying novel that is part romance and part mystery, but very much about the deals we're willing to make to get what we've convinced ourselves we're due.


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