Today I don’t want to tell you something about photography but remain in the field of art. Photography is my greatest passion indeed, but I still keep looking beyond, right into many other exciting fields of the creative and artistic world. I love old Renaissance painting, conceptual sculptures in Dadaism or abstract paintings in Cubism.
Over a period of more than 40 years he detected the gaps in the works of big artists and filled their oeuvres with his own creations. With his wife he presented those creations as originals in the art market. There’s no doubt that he’s one of the greatest art forgers of all times! I’m talking about Wolfgang Beltracchi, with whom many of you may have become familiar in the past few years.
With an incredible talent, expertise in art history and excellent handicraft skills he succeeded in deceiving renowned experts and evaluators. Beltracchi’s forgeries were sold in auctions in the most renowned auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s and one of his works achieved a record price of 2.8 million Euros. In the end, Beltracchi got caught with that work and the scandal of his forgeries became public. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to tell you all the (very thrilling) details, but I’d like to recommend a good film on this topic. The title of this article and of the film is: “Beltracci – The Art of Forgery”. I’m fascinated by this story of fraud and I think you get a very exciting insight into the art scene. I really recommend the movie to all art enthusiasts. You can watch the trailer here:
However, I also want to recommend another series on the ARTE channel. In each 30-minute episode a famous character, such as Christoph Waltz or Otto Waalkes, are portrayed by Beltracchi in the style of a famous painter in history. You can find the episodes on YouTube. If you’ve become interested, just take a look.