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Old 06-07-2014, 09:51 AM   #31
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This looks interesting and it is free today: Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time by Clifford Irving, first published in 1969 by McGraw-Hill.

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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 tale of three rogues who swindled oil tycoons, movie stars, top art galleries and great museums, and almost caused the collapse of the international art world.

It 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, now the disco capital of Europe.

Who? -- Elmyr de Hory: an elegant Jewish aristocrat 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 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 cunning.

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

"A story to remember and revel in." -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat
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This looks interesting and it is free today: Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time by Clifford Irving, first published in 1969 by McGraw-Hill.

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Thanks. Looks like a fascinating read.

I've wondered something before, and reading the book description for this book has made me wonder it now as well. What I've wondered is why someone, like Elmyr de Hory, one of the three subjects of the book, who painted so well that they could fool experts into thinking that they had genuine paintings of the master artists, could not himself paint original paintings of their own and become famous artists in their own right, rich, etc.

There is only one thing of which I can think. My thought is that becoming a recognized master painter usually, if not always, took many, many years; many artists, in fact, did not become famous until after they died. Perhaps this de Hory fellow did not want to wait many, many years to get rich and this was his way of "getting rich quick."

Maybe some of you have some additional ideas. And, bringing things "full circle," maybe this post will pique someone's interest, in addition to mine, in reading the book to find out if de Hory revealed the answer to that question and if the book tells us what he said.

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I've wondered the same thing in the past and came to the same conclusions. Many artists died in poverty yet now their paintings are worth a fortune. This book looks so interesting. Too bad there are about 200 books ahead of it on the TBR pile.
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I've wondered the same thing in the past and came to the same conclusions. Many artists died in poverty yet now their paintings are worth a fortune. This book looks so interesting. Too bad there are about 200 books ahead of it on the TBR pile.
Just 200? How do you do it? haha
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What I also find interesting is that having researched and written this book about fakes, Clifford Irving then went on to try to write and pass off a faked autobiography of Howard Hughes. And Hughes was still living! Did Irving not THINK that the man might stand up and say 'Uh - nope, not mine"?? Even given the fact that Hughes was a recluse and had admittedly become very strange, he had been a businessman and was unlikely to let something like this go by! Even if Irving thought Hughes might be dead - come on!
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Thanks. Looks like a fascinating read.

I've wondered something before, and reading the book description for this book has made me wonder it now as well. What I've wondered is why someone, like Elmyr de Hory, one of the three subjects of the book, who painted so well that they could fool experts into thinking that they had genuine paintings of the master artists, could not himself paint original paintings of their own and become famous artists in their own right, rich, etc.

There is only one thing of which I can think. My thought is that becoming a recognized master painter usually, if not always, took many, many years; many artists, in fact, did not become famous until after they died. Perhaps this de Hory fellow did not want to wait many, many years to get rich and this was his way of "getting rich quick."

Maybe some of you have some additional ideas. And, bringing things "full circle," maybe this post will pique someone's interest, in addition to mine, in reading the book to find out if de Hory revealed the answer to that question and if the book tells us what he said.
I haven't read the book either, so I don't know if the author reveals his take on this, but I've wondered the same thing sometimes, and I think that perhaps there is a creative element to it as well. I'm a technical type, and I can write technical reports, proposals, and all sorts of factual stuff with ease, but the couple of times I have tried to write fiction, it has not gone well at all.

Part of it may be that I have had training for technical writing, but have not had any training in writing fiction. Training aside, though, it still seemed a lot more challenging to me to try to create a story line, come up with believable characters, create un-stilted sounding conversation, etc. etc. etc., than it is to write a report which simply derives from fact.

And I can easily see that extending into the visual arts as well - I can imagine that it might be possible to sort of "factually" copy paintings, or even emulate someone's style accurately, while still being rather harder to come up with your own creative artworks.
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What I also find interesting is that having researched and written this book about fakes, Clifford Irving then went on to try to write and pass off a faked autobiography of Howard Hughes. And Hughes was still living! Did Irving not THINK that the man might stand up and say 'Uh - nope, not mine"?? Even given the fact that Hughes was a recluse and had admittedly become very strange, he had been a businessman and was unlikely to let something like this go by! Even if Irving thought Hughes might be dead - come on!
Interesting. I didn't know anything about Clifford Irving. I suppose, in a way, he or someone like him would be in the best position to write about fakes, though.

Since I didn't know anything about Clifford Irving before, I didn't know about the biography (I do remember at least one effort to fake a legal will of Howard Hughes'). Was the biography written after Hughes had become crazy (and I do mean crazy)? If so, that might explain why he would not have challenged the so-called biography. Just a guess. But, still, you would think that someone who knew him--I was going to say "friend," but I'm not sure that he had any friends, later in life, at least--would have challenged it. It's piqued my interest.
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And I can easily see that extending into the visual arts as well - I can imagine that it might be possible to sort of "factually" copy paintings, or even emulate someone's style accurately, while still being rather harder to come up with your own creative artworks.
Good idea, I hadn't thought of that.

I'm hard pressed to come up with an example of this at this moment, but there occasionally have been people who impersonated other singers, for example, and I've heard people say that this impersonator "out did" the original, famous one. Why didn't he or she make it big themselves? Maybe a lack of creativity or originality caused by timidness. The ones that did make it big kept on going in spite of disapproval (think: Elvis Presley).

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Interesting. I didn't know anything about Clifford Irving. I suppose, in a way, he or someone like him would be in the best position to write about fakes, though.

Since I didn't know anything about Clifford Irving before, I didn't know about the biography (I do remember at least one effort to fake a legal will of Howard Hughes'). Was the biography written after Hughes had become crazy (and I do mean crazy)? If so, that might explain why he would not have challenged the so-called biography. Just a guess. But, still, you would think that someone who knew him--I was going to say "friend," but I'm not sure that he had any friends, later in life, at least--would have challenged it. It's piqued my interest.
Irving faked the Hughes autobiography after he wrote Fake! And Hughes did come forward and say he had never worked with the writer and the whole thing was bogus. He was (I think) avoiding a subpoena about TWA business or some such, so he gave an interview over the phone with newsmen who had known him.

Irving went to prison.
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