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Caveat Emptor

The Secret Life of An American Art Forger
Perenyi, Ken (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Caveat Emptor


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Ten years after the case was closed by the FBI, Ken Perenyi, an artist with an uncanny ability to mimic the work of the old masters, confesses and describes his thirty-year career as a professional art forger.
Authors: Perenyi, Ken, 1949-
Title: Caveat emptor
the secret life of an American art forger
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, c2012
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
Characteristics: 314 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm
Summary: Ten years after the case was closed by the FBI, Ken Perenyi, an artist with an uncanny ability to mimic the work of the old masters, confesses and describes his thirty-year career as a professional art forger.
ISBN: 1605983608
9781605983608
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Report This Apr 05, 2013
  • Barburo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Details fascinating of how he faked the art. Few insights tho into him personalty.

Report This Jan 23, 2013
  • Lucchesa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Perenyi exhibits zero remorse and thinks awfully highly of himself, despite the fact that he never forged first-rate artists. Still, this is a very interesting tale of how a man with no formal artistic training managed to fool the big auction houses with his "English country" and "early American" paintings - the kinds of things Ralph Lauren-era decorators loved to put in their clients' homes. Sadly, these fakes are likely to muddy the waters for decades for anyone seeking genuine knowledge of the painters he mimicked.

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