The Art Forger's Handbook

The Art Forger's Handbook

Eric Hebborn / Aug 23, 2019

The Art Forger s Handbook Packed with wonderfully entertaining and often outrageous speculations about the nature of art truth and value the world renowned art forger who died mysteriously before this book was published det

  • Title: The Art Forger's Handbook
  • Author: Eric Hebborn
  • ISBN: 9780304349142
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Packed with wonderfully entertaining and often outrageous speculations about the nature of art, truth, and value, the world renowned art forger who died mysteriously before this book was published details secrets of his techniques.

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    1. Basically a beginners guide to art history with some cool stuff about how the supplies that make the art is made. This was a neat book. Enjoyed it.

    2. Well written, fascinating and practical. I actually learned some useful techniques for aging and distressing paintings.

    3. The best book I've read in a while, The Art Forger's Handbook is at once a book of art history, technique, and philosophy.The book first covers drawings, and then paintings. In both sections, Hebborn describes the materials and tools that were originally used, why they were used, and modern alternatives. In one sense, it's the sort of information that one would need to forge old artwork -- but, honestly, how many forgers are going to read this book for their guidance? The real benefit to this bo [...]

    4. This is a how-I-done-it by a notorious forger. He's very pleased with himself.Hebborn's discussions of how to look at genuine artworks and identify their authenticity are interesting. But speaking as an artist who practices ancient techniques and an amateur historian, I don't think he's being entirely honest about what he did and how he did it when he speaks of forgery.Also, I don't think his forgeries are nearly as convincing-looking as he seems to think. I realise these are famous last words, [...]

    5. Well, yes A handy little guidebook to the materials and techniques of forging paintings, done by one of the most distinguished (notorious? infamous?) art forgers of the twentieth century. Lots of very good advice on acquiring paper and canvas, on mixing inks and paints, on creating provenance, on the chemical equipment you might need. It won't do anything for your talents as a painter, but Mr. Hebborn's advice (arrogant, arch, bitchy, often very funny) will help in case you'd like toohjust for f [...]

    6. A genial, dapper, and rough-around-the-edges guide to the techniques and materials of old master artists. The title is of course pure pretense. Hebborn gives us a few glimpses into his practice and mindset, but in pretending to write for "colleagues" he was doing what he did best: faking. He wass really writing for people (like me) who want to be mildly titillated by glimpses of the art market's vast seedy underbelly.

    7. I'm fascinated by art crime. This book is really a manual and I'd recommend it not only to artists, but to art historians because of the technical details that Hebborn includes. He dates papers and materials that would give a forgery away but are equally useful for the art historian who might want to date works based on how they were made. It's entertaining, even when he's bragging about the museums and collectors he duped.

    8. I actually stayed up late to finish this book. But not because it was so good, I just wanted to be done with it and go on to something I probably would like.There are some interesting data here, but it is probably outdated now. The author's style/tone was very annoying; smug, but almost begging you to like him at the same time.

    9. This book was an interesting look into the world of art forgery. What struck me is the fact that to successfully forge art, one must first be already a skilled artist. A lot of the techniques discussed were way over my head.That said---why is this book so outrageously expensive? The copies I've seen for sale go for multiple hundreds of dollars.

    10. My husband really enjoyed this book, and thought that, as a practicing artist, I would love it too, but I didn't. It was interesting, at first, to read about modern sources for antique materials, but the self-congratulatory tone of the author quickly became tiresome and off-putting.

    11. Very enjoyable, some snark and great tips & techniques. [Edit: added -->} Tips & techniques for the general artist, that is!

    12. This is a how-to guide by one of the world's most (in)famous and successful art forgers - who, incidentally, was beaten to death in Italy in 1996.

    13. It's a shame the author was murdered after the publication of this book. I wish I could've had tea and talked art crime with him.

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