The Art Forger's Handbook

by Eric Hebborn

Hardcover, 1997

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Publication

Overlook Books (1997), 240 pages

Description

This book reveals the secrets of master art forger Eric Hebborn, who fooled the art world for more than 20 years with hundreds of fake Old Masters. Drawings attributed to Bruegel, Piranesi, Corot and Augustus John were unmasked as Hebborn's work in 1980 by London journalist Geraldine Norman. In this book, Hebborn shows how he did it. Shortly before his death in 1996, Hebborn compiled this handbook, revealing the secrets of his techniques, and showing in the process a profound knowledge of the great draughtsmen/artists of the past. Inks, papers, pigments, monograms and signatures are all explained and illustrated, and the tale is told in a witty, entertaining and often outrageous style, as the artist speculates on the nature of art, truth and value.… (more)

Original language

English

Original publication date

1997

Physical description

240 p.; 6.5 inches

ISBN

0879517670 / 9780879517670
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