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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Breaking van Gogh

Another fascinating audiobook from Audible, written by James Ottar Grundvig and narrated by Jeff Cummings. 

This is one of those ‘fake/con art’ detective stories, and a good one if not the best I’ve ever listened to. 

The author has done an extensive research and offers a very strong case against the authenticity of ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses’, hung on a wall of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

The history surrounding this ‘masterpiece by Van Gogh’ involves many lives of artists, art dealers, critics, Nazis, arms dealers, billionaires, forgers... And historical events from late 19th century to present days. 

Interweaving these events with the artist’s own life story makes the book a great read although I found some points the author is making are quite repetitive. 

I liked it a lot. 

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