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Han van Meegeren

1889 - 1947

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Henricus Antonius "Han" van Meegeren (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛnˈrikʏs ɑnˈtoːnijəs ˈɦɑɱ vɑˈmeːɣərə(n)]; 10 October 1889 – 30 December 1947) was a Dutch painter and portraitist, considered one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century. Van Meegeren became a national hero after World War II when it was revealed that he had sold a forged painting to Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.Van Meegeren attempted to make a career as an artist, but art critics dismissed his work. He decided to prove his talent by forging paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Han van Meegeren has received more than 1,085,811 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Han van Meegeren is the 164th most popular painter (up from 221st in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 81st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Dutch Painter.

Han van Meegeren was most famous for his forgery of the painting "The Supper at Emmaus" by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Van Meegeren forged the painting in 1937, and he sold it as an original to a Dutch art dealer for $60,000.

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Among painters, Han van Meegeren ranks 164 out of 1,421Before him are Jacob Jordaens, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eugène Boudin, James Ensor, Giulio Romano, and Johannes Itten. After him are Édouard-Henri Avril, Niki de Saint Phalle, Maurice de Vlaminck, Gerhard Richter, Carl Larsson, and Gerda Wegener.

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Among people born in 1889, Han van Meegeren ranks 22Before him are Otto Frank, Gabriel Marcel, Carl von Ossietzky, Paul Karrer, Louise Mountbatten, and Gabriela Mistral. After him are Carl Theodor Dreyer, Jacob L. Moreno, Risto Ryti, Victor Fleming, Vasily Blyukher, and Pitirim Sorokin. Among people deceased in 1947, Han van Meegeren ranks 19Before him are Raoul Wallenberg, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Alfred North Whitehead, Halford Mackinder, Ettore Bugatti, and Black Dahlia. After him are Aung San, Anton Denikin, Ernst Lubitsch, Pierre Bonnard, Karl Mannheim, and Nicholas Roerich.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Han van Meegeren ranks 52 out of 1,427Before him are Willebrord Snellius (1580), Johan de Witt (1625), Theo van Doesburg (1883), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Frank Rijkaard (1962), and Christiaan Eijkman (1858). After him are Ronald Koeman (1963), Pieter de Hooch (1629), Dick Advocaat (1947), Sylvia Kristel (1952), William II, Prince of Orange (1626), and Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612).

Among PAINTERS In Netherlands

Among painters born in Netherlands, Han van Meegeren ranks 9Before him are Johannes Vermeer (1632), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Jan Steen (1626), and Jacob van Ruisdael (1628). After him are Pieter de Hooch (1629), Theo van Gogh (1857), Dieric Bouts (1415), Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836), Carel Fabritius (1622), and Gerard van Honthorst (1592).