The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
A fascinating look at today’s art world, this novel depicts the challenges and difficulties of making art for a living. When a gallery owner offers Claire Roth both money and a one woman show if she paints a copy of a stolen Degas, her conscience wars with her need for rent money and her desire for artistic recognition. Her conscience loses the fight, and soon she is swept into a puzzling mystery about the painting’s origins and the value of artistic expertise. A terrific read!
It reminded me of Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone in its depiction of the shadowy world of art forgery and the self-important world of art authentication experts. And all the Boston details made it even more fun.