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FAKE! The Adventures of the Premier Art Forger of the Modern Era (English Edition)

FAKE! The Adventures of the Premier Art Forger of the Modern Era (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Clifford Irving

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The Chicago Tribune called FAKE! "The wild, true story of three men who raped the art world . . . one of the most sophisticated suspense sagas of our time."

FAKE! is an incredible and often hilarious tale of three rogues -- a Jewish aristocrat, an American con man, and a beautiful Canadian boy -- who in the last century swindled oil tycoons, movie stars, top art galleries and great museums, and almost caused the collapse of the international art world.

It is considered the best book ever written about fake art and was the inspiration for filmmaker Orson Welles' last major movie, "F For Fake," now a cult classic.

Where? - London, Paris, New York, Texas, Tokyo, and the decadent, sunny Mediterranean island of Ibiza, the disco capital of Europe.

Who? -- Elmyr de Hory: an elegant Hungarian whom World War II had stripped of everything but his genius at imitating Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, and other great painters of the 20th century.

Fernand Legros: a ruthless Egyptian-born American who decreed that museums, art galleries and millionaire collectors should finance his love of luxury and pretty boys.

Reál Lessard: an Adonis-like Canadian youth who began as Fernand's protegé and in the end out-dueled the master in avarice and cunning.

"A delightfully vicious book, a joy to read and contemplate." -- Pablo Picasso

"A story to remember and revel in." -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat

BONUS: This 2014 edition includes a freshly updated 30-page Author's Postscript dealing with Elmyr de Hory's alleged suicide.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00J273UUO
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A terrific read 27. Januar 2008
Von Craig Clarke - Veröffentlicht auf
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Subtitled The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time, Fake! is the only kind of true-crime book I can get into: not the story of a murderer, but of a classy kind of con artist.

As any fan of Orson Welles's F for Fake will already know, Elmyr de Hory was responsible for a real shake-up in the art community. For decades, he sold all over the world paintings of his own as the work of old masters. But his story never reads as a mean-spirited attempt to get rich, mostly due to the approach.

Author Clifford Irving (who would, just a few years after writing this book, pull off his own fake -- with the fictional Autobiography of Howard Hughes) portrays Elmyr as a sympathetic figure. He only did it when he needed money; when he was flush, he focused on his own art career, and never painted in others' styles during those periods.

Sadly, his own career never took off, and so he was repeatedly forced to go back into his particular bag of tricks and produce works in the styles of Picasso, Modigliani, Derain, Renoir, and others until he was finally caught, though he was never convicted due to what was essentially a technicality. Elmyr always claimed to have never signed any of the paintings (although his business partners may have) which keeps the paintings from being outright forgeries.

Fake! is a terrific book. Part biography, part crime story, part world travelogue, and probably part fiction, it remains wholly engaging and eminently readable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A FAVORITE CLIFFORD IRVING BOOK! 19. Januar 2012
Von Boiler Bay - Veröffentlicht auf
I am a Clifford Irving fan, and this is one of my very favorite Irving books. The story of art forger Elmyr de Hory is a fascinating one. It is obvious that Irving has a strong art background as he is able to explain in detail how de Hory succeeded in duping the art world with his "fakes". Irving met de Hory when they both lived on the island of Ibiza, and, in addition to the intriguing story of de Hory's ability to perfectly recreate well known and coveted works of art, Irving entertains with his stories of life on Ibiza. I really loved this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fake was not entiely a bore 2. September 2013
Von Nora Gainey - Veröffentlicht auf
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It starts well but it loses something about the millionth time there is a conflict between our anti-hero and his business mates, all of whom are gay and into easy money. Mr. de Hory was a talented painter but the writer seems to not understand art well enough to explain that he was only able to copy. he did not seem to have anything original to say. He also did not have the ability to be truthful to himself or others and he attracted the like who took full advantage of the situation.
The best parts are how they got away with it. The author seems to think the art dealers were naive but i think the lack of integrity on everyone's part lead to a lot of fake art that is probably still around. And perhaps it really does not matter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating glimpse into the art world 4. April 2012
Von Sandy Munro - Veröffentlicht auf
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Remarkably well told, true story of the long career of the world's most successful art forger. Irving knew Elmyr De Hory well when they both lived on the Spanish island of Ibiza in the 1960s. The story of De Hory, and his two accomplices reads like a mystery as they manage to continue their shady careers, just one step ahead of the art world. How they managed to do so gives us fascinating insights into the arena of upscale galleries and world-famous collectors. A must read for aficionados of art and painting.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen An entertaining, fast read about a prolific art forger 15. August 2013
Von Carrie - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an entertaining look at a career forger's life, relationships, and experience in the art world, both as a legitimate artist and as a forger. I loved it. The book is well-researched; the author was friends with Elmyr de Hory (the forger) and verified (to the extent possible) de Hory's accounts of events in his life. De Hory was a global traveler during his forging years, so the book takes us all over the world and describes his interactions with artists, art dealers, and eventually his "partners" (from whom he often tried to distance himself). It was also a very interesting look at art dealing, art experts, and auction houses.

As entertaining a character as de Hory was, however, his life was sad and tragic. I found myself alternating between feeling bad for him and feeling as though he had opportunities to change his situation. He (and one of his despised partners) were both so outrageous that they sometimes came across as caricatures, but the author verified witness accounts of their behaviors, so they were nevertheless believable.

The epilogue to the book (in which the author reveals some details that he couldn't reveal in the first publication of the book) was also very interesting and was necessary (in my opinion) to fully understanding the whole story.

I bought this book on Kindle and did notice some typos and formatting issues with the pictures of the forgeries, but it was still readable in this format.

Follow-up: In the epilogue, the author mentions "legal issues" with his publisher over another book about Howard Hughes. I decided to Google that to see what he was referring to. It turns out that he was accused of, and eventually admitted to, forging an autobiography of Howard Hughes. In the epilogue to Fake!, Irving describes how Elmyr de Hory did not like the way he was portrayed in Fake!. I guess this does make me a little skeptical of the author, even though I don't know if that skepticism is with merit because Fake! did seem well-researched and doesn't seem to be surrounded with controversy. However, I am revising my star count from 5 to 3 because I don't feel entirely confident in the book's accuracy. Prior to reading about the Howard Hughes autobiography scandal, however, I found the book believable. So take these words with a grain of salt.
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