Van Meegeren’s own work rose in price after he had become famous and it consequently became worthwhile to fake his paintings as well. Existing paintings obtained a signature “H. van Meegeren”, or new pictures were made in his style and falsely signed. When van Meegeren saw a fake like that, he ironically remarked that he would have adopted them if they had been good enough, but regrettably he had not yet seen one.
Later on, however, his son Jacques van Meegeren started to fake his father’s work. He made paintings in his father’s style – although of much lower quality – and was able to place a perfect signature on these imitations. Many fakes – both by Jacques and by others – are still on the market. They can be recognized by their low pictorial quality, but are not always regarded as such. As a result they have given a bad name to van Meegeren’s oeuvre. For more information, see the section titled "Fake van Meegerens" in the article about Jacques van Meegeren.
Before his trial Han van Meegeren demonstrated his forgery techniques before an expert panel by painting his last forgery Jesus among the Doctors
|Born||Henricus Antonius van Meegeren |
10 October 1889(1889-10-10)
|Died||30 December 1947(1947-12-30) (aged 58) |
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Occupation||Painter, art forger|