CRITICAL – Forger of genius, he succeeds in abusing Göring, exchanging a fake Vermeer for two hundred canvases seized from the museums of Holland. An American biopic by Dan Friedkin is dedicated to him, broadcast this Sunday, May 15 at 8:40 p.m. on OCS Max.
A haughty esthete, cynical and epicurean temperament, secretly hurt at being a failed painter and macerating his revenge, Han van Meegeren (1889-1947) is today a legend. This American biopic released in 2019, titled The Last Veermer, based on Jonathan Lopez’s bestseller, is the directorial debut of producer Dan Friedkin (Ridley Scott, Eastwood, Scorsese). The feature film recalls how this Dutchman, forger of genius, was able in his time to dupe the best experts as well as the most powerful collectors.
Starting with Hermann Göring. The Reichsmarschall appears here only as a watermark. Yet he is the main turkey in this monumental and dark deception. Himself a great art lover, compulsive predator and particularly passionate about Vermeer, he agreed during the war to trade Christ and the parable of the adulterous woman, a bogus painting, against two hundred old canvases – these perfectly authentic ones – which had been
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