The Remarkable Story of Han van Meegeren, the Dutch Art Forger Who Fooled the World

TLDR Han van Meegeren, a Dutch painter, became a successful art forger in order to prove his critics wrong and sold his forgeries for large sums of money. Despite being arrested for collaborating with the Nazis, he was eventually acquitted and his forgeries are now highly sought after.

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00:00 Han van Meegeren, a Dutch painter, successfully defended himself against accusations of collaborating with the Nazis and stealing artwork during World War II by revealing that he had actually forged the paintings.
01:56 Han van Meegeren, born in the Netherlands in 1889, overcame obstacles to pursue his love of art and became a successful painter known for his portraits in the style of Dutch masters, despite criticism from art critics.
03:25 Han van Meegeren, facing criticism from art critics who favored new art movements, became an art forger in order to prove them wrong and created forgeries of famous Dutch painters, with his ultimate goal being to create a forgery so convincing that people would mistake it for a real Vermeer painting.
04:57 Han van Meegeren successfully created a forgery of a Vermeer painting, which he passed off as a genuine Vermeer masterpiece and sold to the Rembrandt Society for a large sum of money.
06:28 Han van Meegeren was arrested for collaborating with the enemy and for the plunder of Dutch cultural property, and he confessed in open court to creating the forgery.
07:59 Han van Meegeren confessed in court to creating the forgery, but no one believed him until he publicly created a Vermeer forgery to prove his point and was eventually acquitted of collaboration with the Nazis, although he still faced charges for selling fake paintings.
09:39 Han van Meegeren's trial and subsequent fame led to a demand for his forged works of art, with some of his fakes now hanging in art galleries, and even his own son creating forgeries of his work.
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