A History of Art Forgery

French artist Jean-Pierre Schecroun demonstrating the ease with which he could produce, in three minutes, a convincing imitation of a typical Picasso bullfight drawing with brush and ink. Before he was arrested and charged with forgery in 1962, Schecroun had produced about eighty works purported to be by Picasso and other modern masters. The pictures were said to have brought in £25,000 in two years.

Like so many before him, Schecroun claimed that all he had wanted to do in the first place was expose the idiocy of the dealers who refused to buy his own paintings but gave ridiculous sums for work supposedly by other artists that he could do in a few minutes.

Daily Mail photograph from The Art Game by Robert Wraight. New York, Simon & Schuster 1966. ©Robert Wraight 1966.

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Also visit the companion to this exhibit: FABULOUS FAKES

Special thanks to people without whom this exhibition would not have been possible: Thea Eichler, NRCA; Billie Tucker, New Rochelle Library; Ivar Hyden, Backstreet Gallery and all the contributing artists.

Additional information about the availability of Fabulous Fakes, the History of Art Forgery or any of the works in the exhibition may be obtained by contacting The New Rochelle Council on The Arts by email or by calling 212-529-2025. More information on the NRCA can be found by connecting to the internet and clicking here.


Fabulous Fakes and A History of Art Forgery © J. L. Dolice, 2001, 2003.

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