Do you need a Rembrandt?
who consider to enter the field of art forgeries, the book “The Fake’s
Progress”, written by Geraldine Norman and Frank Norman in 1977 can
be warmly recommended. Tom Keating (1917–84) generously shares his
25 years of experience. Do you need a Rembrandt? No problem! Here is
what to do:
once yelled out for being the greatest art swindler in his own
century, could deliver almost any style one could possibly ask for,
such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Gainsborough, Constable, Degas, Manet
and many more. Mr. Keating’s carrier started with Samuel Palmer
forgeries. But Keating never was prosecuted for anything, as to the
fact that he was able to convince the authorities that he had not
signed the paintings himself or for that matter signed them with other
names, but instead he had from the very beginning claimed them as
being falsifications, copies if you like.
several TV interviews Keating has educated the listeners, the public
how to paint van Gogh and other great names. These statements are
caught on videotape.
December 1983, 137 of his falsifications brought in £80.000. Sold a
piece at a time, the highest hammers stroke from 1998 the work “Odalisque,
in the manner of Matisse,” which went up reaching £6.700. A
self-portrait was sold for £ 5.000, and in April 1999 “Two Horse
Sleighs in Winter Landscape, after Cornelius Krieshoff” brought in
£6.600. It is a small painting the size of which is only 24 by 41 cm.