The Art Forger

By B.A. Shapiro,

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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…

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Art forgery has always fascinated me. The idea that you can create a 'new' work by an old master and then, maybe, get away with it. Claire is a struggling artist whose one chance at fame had been stolen by a lover. Reduced to painting reproductions of famous paintings for clients to hang in their home she is approached by an art dealer to secretly forge a Degas painting. The money is good enough to silence her scruples and when the painting arrives she immediately recognizes that it is one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.…

From Elisabeth's list on artists by non-artists.

This intoxicating art history mystery was so good, I wanted to read it all over again the moment I finished it! The story follows an artist hired to make a perfect copy of a painting her client delivers to her studio, one she recognizes as having been stolen from the Gardner Museum years earlier. Yet is it really the lost Degas, or is it also a copy? This novel follows the artist’s descent into madness as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the painting’s origins and the unsolved theft. As a mystery fan, I was captivated by the twists…

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