Over the last year through our e-newsletters, we have introduced to you the local Chicago talent with whom we are now working. Their artworks have dovetailed nicely into our collection of “vintage works on paper”.
In as much as we have been focused on the new, we would like to remind you that Kate Hendrickson Works of Art on Paper has been built on voyages to France and Italy where we have sought out uncommon images on paper from the 19th through mid-20th centuries.
In this issue, we would like to reacquaint you with this part of the collection via a sampling of drawings, watercolors, fine prints and decorative prints. It has taken nearly 30 years to build this treasure trove of works. What has been posted is only a fraction of what is available.
I am recommending a third tome on the topic of fakery. You may think that I am obsessed with this subject, but I simply find the stories captivating and hope you will as well.
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I Was Vermeer by Frank Wynne.
The art community enthralled with modernity ridiculed Han van Meegeren's work as old fashioned. His resulting anger led him down a path to get better than even. He discovered within this group a greed to find lost masterpieces which made these critics easy targets.
Giving them what they coveted most, these learned specialists unknowingly filled in the blanks, thus authenticating forgeries and giving them provenance.
The backdrop is the time period leading up to and including World War II where the Nazis were acquiring masterpieces either by appropriation or purchase through unethical dealing.