Poetic Justice

I had to laugh at the story of a former forger of paintings, who after serving time in prison realised that he could use his undoubtedly considerable skill (and new-found notoriety) to earn an honest living painting open reproductions or pieces in the style of an "Old Master" or famous artist - signed with his own name and words like "After Picasso," or "After Caravaggio" - rather than as a forger.

Having gone straight Max Brandrett has become a target himself for people trying to pass off their work as his.

"You have got to watch these forgers" he told The Times yesterday, presumably with more than a hint of irony,

Mind you the knowledge that people thought it worth while forging his honest works will probably make them all the more valuable ...


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