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Korteling had rejected the Impressionist movement and other modern trends as decadent, degenerate art, and his strong personal influence probably led van Meegeren to rebuff contemporary styles and paint exclusively in the style of the Dutch Golden Age.Van Meegeren's father did not share his son's love of art; instead, he compelled him to study architecture at the Technische Hogeschool (Delft Technical College) in Delft in 1907, the hometown of Johannes Vermeer.Johanna was also known under her stage name of Jo van Walraven, and she had previously been married to art critic and journalist Dr. His first legitimate copies were painted in 1923, his Laughing Cavalier and Happy Smoker, both in the style of Frans Hals.

The award was given every five years to an art student who created the best work, and was accompanied by a gold medal.

On 18 April 1912, van Meegeren married fellow art student Anna de Voogt who was expecting their first child.

Art critics, however, decried his work as tired and derivative, and van Meegeren felt that they had destroyed his career.

He decided to prove his talent to the critics by forging paintings of some of the world's most famous artists, including Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch, and Johannes Vermeer.

The couple went to live with Anna's grandmother in Rijswijk, and their son Jacques Henri Emil was born there on 26 August 1912.

Jacques van Meegeren also became a painter; he died on 26 October 1977 in Amsterdam.

This painting was hailed as a real Vermeer by famous art experts such as Abraham Bredius.

Bredius acclaimed it as "the masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer of Delft" and wrote of the "wonderful moment" of being "confronted with a hitherto unknown painting by a great master".

Following the war, the forgery was discovered in Göring's possession and van Meegeren was arrested on as a collaborator, as officials believed that he had sold real Dutch cultural property to the Nazis.


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