Rated of 5
by Bob W. (Oakland, TN)
The Art Forger
In 1990 the largest unsolved art theft occurred in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Museum: thirteen works of art worth more than $500 million in today's economy. "The Art Forger" is a novel that is tied to this theft. Claire Roth, a struggling artist, is the primary character.
The writer knows her subject matter. She is extremely knowledgeable regarding the art world---descriptions of the details of various paintings are fascinating: brushstrokes; thickness of paints; color saturation; etc. The descriptions of forgers and their "works" are effective additions to the story. In addition, there are descriptions of the tests to determine the authenticity of classical paintings and conversely how forgers can duplicate those test results.
But the book is uneven at times---continuous flashbacks; entire chapters that are unnecessary and add little or nothing to the novel.
In summary: I really wanted to like this book and did enjoy part of it. However, for me it's an average read.