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The Art Forger

A Novel

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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. 

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 13, 2012 – Shapiro s new novel (after The Safe Room) is filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art. Broke and painting copies of famous artists work for a reproduction site, artist Claire Roth is enticed by gallery owner Aidan Markel s request to forge a painting by Degas that was stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum in 1990 (in the largest unsolved art heist in history). As Claire works, she wonders if the painting she s forging is legitimate. Meanwhile, Claire steps in when her blocked artist lover can t finish his work for a deadline, essentially painting what becomes something of an art world sensation. Her lover slips into denial about her contribution and Clair weighs the repercussions of going public, knowing that it will damage her reputation even more badly than her heart. An intricate shell game exploring the permutations of the craft and ethics of art, Shapiro s novel is a lively ride, melding Claire s discoveries with fictionalized 19th-century letters from Gardner that hint at even deeper complexities. The wit, Claire s passion for her work, what it takes to create a piece that can pass modern scrutiny, and the behind-the-scenes look at the lives of working artists and the machinations of the art world overcome an ending that ties things up too neatly. The choice of present tense for much of the book keeps the reader at a remove from the action, but Shapiro s research, well-integrated into a strong premise, captivates.

Customer Reviews

The Art Forger

I could not put this book down. Even though I know little about the creation of visual art, I do have a gut understanding of the passion behind the love of art through the written word. There is the desire to possess the original for ones own that is shown through this glimpse into the artist's world. Even though in hindsight we were given clues to the eventual ending, it was still a satisfying drop
Jaw moment when the mystery was revealed. Bravo Ms. Shapiro...I want more!

I loved it!!!!

Great book! I couldn't put it down! Bev Shapiro has become a master story teller with this book. She had flashes and stretches of brilliance in her prior books, but didn't quite manage to sustain it through the entire book before. This time she did it!!! Brilliant from start to finish without the tiniest wobble! I can't wait to see what she writes next!

...people see what they want to see....

I loved this mystery.

The Art Forger
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 21, 2013
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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