Art: Direct from the Factory

Since his suicide in 1890, Vincent van Gogh has gradually become the world's most popular painter. Ninety thousand people visited a show of his works that toured the U.S. in 1936 and reproductions of his sunflowers and furrowed fields have topped the print market. Last week Dutchman van Gogh received a final accolade: fake Van Goghs were being forged right & left "by one or more factories," announced a Dutch art expert, and they were "flooding the market."

The expert, Jonkheer W.J.H.B. Sandberg, who is director of Amsterdam's Municipal Museum, was specifically skeptical of...

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