The Art Forger
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets... show more
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
Publish date: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 355
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
3.5 stars: I enjoyed learning about the art world, art history and painting techniques as it is a topic that I know very little about. The mystery, although fictionalized, is centred around a true art heist in Boston. In 1990, 13 works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum an...
This book has one of the most uniques "voices" I've read in a long time. Ms. Shapiro does an excellent job of characterization, which made me care about Claire and her friends. She nailed the artistic world, and her use of flashback chapters wasn't distracting. I appreciate her intelligent perspecti...
A fictional offshoot from the real-life art theft of the Gardner Museum in 1990, the highest valued in U.S. history, and which remains unsolved to this day. I was very intrigued by the reproduction methods detailed in the copying of an original artwork. I maintain that imitation is the highest form ...
I picked this book thinking it would be a light fun read, but in the end I only finished it because I had less than 100 pages to go. There's a lot of white lady ignorance throughout the book (very reminiscent of The Time Traveler's Wife where a Korean woman is actually described as having a flat f...
The Art Forger by B.A. ShapiroLove learning how things are done and how some can get away with it, forging art.This book is about Claire and 25 years later a stolen painting from a big heist has arrived at her studio. She has been hired out to repaint originals so she can have a showing.Til the pain...