The Art Forger

A Novel
Shapiro, Barbara A. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Art Forger

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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.nbsp;
Authors: Shapiro, Barbara A., 1951-
Title: The art forger
a novel
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2013.
Edition: 1st pbk ed.
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Includes questions for discussion.
ISBN: 1616203161
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Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I love art & I love Boston so I really wanted to like this book but was sorely disappointed. It is full of hackneyed cliches. This is one example: after a character says "You've fallen in love with her", the reply is "Is it that obvious?" followed by "Takes one to know one." I was annoyed by the numerous sentence fragments (an example from pg. 58): "Alive and intact." These were adjectives to describe a noun in the previous sentence. The plot twists strained credulity and the characters weren't very likable.

Report This Oct 26, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

fun read ... the details of the painting technique are interesting ... my favorite, though, Isabelle's letters -- wish there were more

Report This Aug 05, 2013
  • BobScott36 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great read. You may struggle to begin with, but when you become acquainted with the three different timelines involved, the suspense and intensity increase.

Report This Jul 31, 2013
  • mockingbird7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has an entertaining plot and makes a nice summer read. It even provides a little education on the arts along the way.

Report This Jul 21, 2013
  • szarnstorff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent mystery mixed with history and facts about art. Fascinating even if you aren't an artist. Paints a picture in your mind and makes you appreciate art again. Interesting story about relationships and true friends.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • wozebooks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Art Forger is a very good read. Good story, interesting characters and moves along at a good pace. Lots of art history and painting info about a very complex process.

Report This Jul 04, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book. A great fiction story with history and actual events mixed in. Learned a lot about the art of making copies of art work!

Report This Jul 04, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I agree that the book was mildly entertaining but the plot and the conclusion seemed pretty improbable.

Report This May 07, 2013
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found it to be a very entertaining read. Having an interest in art and art techniques, I still was amazed at the detail described in authenticating art work. The plot was very suspenseful, the only weakness being, as others have said, that the protagonist didn't seem to have a fault. I would definitely recommend it though.

Report This Apr 12, 2013
  • Jennmro rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Mildly entertaining but fell a bit flat for me about 3/4 of the way through. I lost interest in the solution to the puzzle, and was just kind of hoping for things to wrap up, already. I'll say this, I'd rather have this book to read than nothing at all. Because nothing is worse than having nothing at all to read.

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Report This Nov 11, 2013
  • spotSYgirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There was never any doubt that Claire Roth was an exceptionally gifted painter. But in The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro, her troubles begin when she creates a piece for her boyfriend Isaac, a famous but blocked artist. He gratefully submits the work as his own for a prestigious MoMA commission. The painting becomes an instant sensation, and overnight Isaac is the new darling of the art world. He unceremoniously dumps Claire but continues to reap the benefits associated with her work. Disgusted with Isaac’s refusal to acknowledge her part in his meteoric rise to superstardom, Claire takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, her efforts only result in her immediate status change to pariah. No one of any consequence will even preview her new paintings. Out of the blue, Claire is offered a solo exhibit in a trendy gallery. But there is one stipulation. How far will Claire sink to get visibility for her latest series of masterpieces?

Report This Feb 27, 2013
  • APlazek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Art Forger is a beautifully crafted novel that brings the art world to life. Shapiro blends facts from the largest art heist in history into an intriguing mystery featuring a young artist, Claire Roth, who has been blackballed in the art scene. Claire is very talented in reproductions and specializes in the works of Edgar Degas. When the owner of one of the most prestigious galleries offers her a one woman show in exchange for forging one of the paintings that was stolen from the Gardner Museum, she is both flattered and morally challenged. When the painting arrives in her apartment to copy she begins to question whether or not it is in fact an original painted by Degas. Alternating between her current situation and the scandal from the past that has caused Claire such pain and introspection, Shapiro creates an intriguing glimpse into the world of art.


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