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Han Van Meegeren
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    (October 10, 1889-December 30, 1947)
    Born in Deventer, Netherlands
    Architect, artist and forger
    Specialized in imitating 17th century Dutch masters Franz Hals, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Vermeer
    Sentenced to a year in prison
    Died before serving any time
    His first marriage broke up over his infidelities.
    Even before he turned to forgery, a critic wrote, 'He has every virtue except originality.'
    He sold one of his 'Vermeers' to Hermann Goering.
    After he was arrested for collaborating with the enemy, he confessed to the lesser crime of forgery.
    His father often made him write a hundred times the phrase, 'I know nothing, I am nothing, I am capable of nothing.'
    After being charged with collaboration, he painted one more 'Vermeer' in jail to prove his point.
    In a Dutch popularity poll conducted during his trial, he ranked second only behind the Prime Minister.
    The Dutch people hailed him as a cunning trickster who had fooled the critics and the Nazis.

Credit: C. Fishel

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