The Art Forger: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2012 - Fiction - 360 pages
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Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--still the largest unsolved art theft in history--one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece--the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years--may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing--and not seeing--the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

 

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User Review  - Karen Close - Goodreads

This was an easy read, entertaining and fast paced. Lots of interesting info on art forgery techniques, the genius of Degas and how we are able to rationalize our actions, even though we know we are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Kennedy - Goodreads

I love books about art, all kinds and this book was a real treat for me to sit down with. If you know about the Gardner Museum theft, haven't you daydreamed out the return of any of the artwork? I ... Read full review

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Contents

One
3
Two
15
Three
22
Four
28
Five
37
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
45
Seven
49
Eight
55
Twentyeight
191
Twentynine
192
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
204
Thirtyone
210
Thirtytwo
218
Thirtythree
222
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
228
Thirtyfive
233

Nine
62
Ten
67
Eleven
74
Twelve
80
Thirteen
85
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
94
Fifteen
98
Sixteen
106
Seventeen
112
Eighteen
116
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
122
Twenty
127
Twentyone
141
Twentytwo
146
Twentythree
153
Twentyfour
161
Twentyfive
172
Twentysix
176
Twentyseven
183
Thirtysix
239
Thirtyseven
245
From the pen of ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER
255
Thirtynine
260
Forty
267
Fortyone
276
Fortytwo
284
Fortythree
291
Fortyfour
304
Fortyfive
314
Fortysix
324
Fortyseven
333
Fortyeight
340
Fortynine
345
Epilogue
350
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
357
A NOTE ON THE RESEARCH
359
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About the author (2012)

B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is www.bashapirobooks.com.

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