Dutch legendary scam, counterfeiting and becoming a national hero

  In February 2020, a rich man named Cruyff in the Netherlands accidentally obtained a seemingly unremarkable pastoral painting, and made an amazing move by purchasing all the works of this painter at a high price. And this painter is not a first-class painter, but it is not simple. His name is Han Van Miglen. He is the most popular liar in the history of the Netherlands. He is the most famous fake painting maker in the world. Even Hitler had Deceived by him. Such a person is destined to have a legendary life!
   Fell in love with painting, frequent blow
   Han van Deventer Mi Gelun was born in the Netherlands in 1889, October 10 Sunrise, ranked third in the brothers and sisters grew up in a middle-class family. Since his parents are both Roman Catholics, Migren has been exposed to many religious paintings and artworks since he was a child. He often stared at the colorful oil paintings for a long time.
   At the beginning, his father looked at the paintings that Migren had drawn, and couldn’t help touching his head, and truly admired: “My child, the paintings are really good!” But when Migren seriously told his father his wish to be a painter, But his father frowned: “This is not a promising career.” His father’s non-support did not reduce Migren’s enthusiasm for painting. He saved the change from his mother and used it to buy paint for painting.
   In a blink of an eye, Migren entered high school, and he met a very important teacher in his life-painter Butters Kotlin. Kotlin loved the works of Johannes Vermeer, a painter from the Dutch Golden Age. He felt that he had a destiny with Migren, so he often taught Migren a little bit, and especially taught him many of Vermeer’s painting techniques.
   His father never expected that Migren, who was growing up, would still be addicted to painting. He believed that this would not be conducive to the development of Migren’s life, so in 1907 he forcibly sent Migren to Delft University of Technology to study architecture. Migren resisted fiercely, claiming that he was not interested in architecture at all, and only reluctantly nodded when he saw that there was a drawing course in architecture in the course introduction.
   From 1907 to 1913, Miglen showed amazing talent in the process of studying architecture, and even designed a boat-shaped building for a boating club during this period. He probably would not have thought that the building he designed would still exist after 100 years. Architecture can bring him a lot of glory, but when he stood by the river and saw the painters who painted, he felt that painting was something he couldn’t let go of, otherwise he would regret it for life.
   In 1914, despite his father’s opposition, Migren went to the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague to study painting. Three years later, he proudly held the first exhibition of his life in The Hague. However, this exhibition gave him a heavy blow. People in the art circle believed that Migren’s works had heavy imitations and had no characteristics of his own. Miglen was not convinced, and after two years of hard work, he held another painting exhibition, but the response was still mediocre. After that, during the 12 years of his lonely painting, he was not recognized.
   The frustrated and impoverished Migren copied a master’s work in 1931. When he can’t think of anything to paint, he always copied the master’s painting, and he has the right to practice his pen. But after finishing the painting this time, he felt that the painting was very good, so he took it to his friends to admire it. My friend was very surprised after seeing it: “You actually have an authentic masterpiece!” Miglen was stunned for a moment, but before he could react, the friend continued, “This authentic piece can sell for a lot of money. Sell it, you can Your life has been greatly improved.” Migren’s eyes lit up and he said nothing, and put away the painting silently.
   Migren trot home and told his wife Edith with a smile that he had found a way to make money. Because of life constraints, Edith has been complaining about him for a long time, and asked faintly: “What method?” “Drawing.” Migren squinted her eyes, not smiling. Edith immediately sneered: “If you can make money by painting, do we still live this kind of life?”
   “No, the paintings are different this time!” Migren clenched his fists and said confidently. I want to get my art does not recognize this ring! ”
   misguided, imitation paintings
   After Miglen told Edith of her crazy idea, Edith opened her mouth wide. After a long time, she said: “Imitate famous paintings? Can this work?” “Yes, but we have to do it.” Kung Fu.” Migren nodded heavily.
   Edith was finally persuaded by Migren. For one thing, they can get a very good source of income; secondly, Migren can make fun of the entire art circle.
   In 1932, Migren and Edith moved to a place in southern France where no one knew them, and studied in depth how to imitate famous paintings.
   Which painter’s painting did you imitate? Just when Migren was feeling distressed, he suddenly remembered a famous painter who had been deeply influenced by Gerard T Bolch-Vermeer. Although Vermeer was a poor painter, he was willing to paint with precious pigments. He was very meticulous and used to depict details with light and shadow. His representative works include “Girl with Pearl Earrings”, “Landscape of Delft”, and “Geographicalist”. “Wait. In addition, because of his meticulous workmanship, it takes a very long time to paint a picture and the output is very low. There are only 70 paintings he has survived, but it is recognized that he has painted only 34 paintings.
   Rare things are expensive, and Vermeer’s authentic works are expensive. In addition, when Migren was in high school, his teacher Kotlin had already taught him many of Vermeer’s painting techniques. Over the years, Migren has been very familiar with Vermeer’s personal preferences, composition methods, color matching styles, and brushstroke skills. Miglen decided to imitate Vermeer.
   “Which one of Vermeer would you like to copy?” Edith asked. Migren shook his head and smiled slightly: “No, you can’t copy the original painting. It is easy to be seen by others, and the risk is too great. I will imitate Vermeer’s style and techniques to create a new painting that will make people I thought I found another authentic Vermeer.” Edith was happy when she heard it, “My dear, you are such a great genius!”
   Of course, Migren knew in his heart that the master’s stunts could not be imitated. When imitating, we must avoid Vermeer’s most culmination of themes, otherwise it will be easy to wear. Choosing topics that Vermeer rarely dabbles in is the least likely to show his feet. After some research, Miglen found that Vermeer rarely painted religious themes. It just so happened that the Dutch art world was arguing over whether Vermeer had painted a series of biblical scenes. Migren felt that imitating Vermeer’s style and technique, painting religious paintings was the best. He had already figured out the name of the painting, and it was called “Emmaus’ Dinner.”
   However, before Migren wrote, he hesitated again. The paints used now are obviously different from those of Vermeer, so he can’t directly paint with the current paints. So he found the old paint formulas, namely lapis lazuli, white lead, indigo and cinnabar, and mixed some modern paints to approximate the texture of the paints of the time. In addition, he also added phenol-formaldehyde resin, the purpose is to make the paint gradually harden after application, look more age-like.
   After a lot of effort, Migren finally finished the painting and signed Vermeer’s name on the painting. Vermeer’s signature is very distinctive, and the signatures of different periods are slightly different, but all of this has not escaped Migren’s “eye of law”, he has already trained Vermeer’s signature thoroughly.