“You can travel the world & never leave your chair when you read a book.”
~ Sherry K. Plummer
A couple of years ago my book club read The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro. I thought I had mistakenly deleted the photos from that day, but recently happily discovered them on my phone camera roll. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos taken that day.
Another member of my club hosted. We discussed the book in her dining room. She made the lunch and discussion extra special for us by setting up her dining room with an “artistic backdrop” to compliment the book’s content.
Loved the empty art frames stacked up on her beautiful antique chest…
All those little details like small art canvases, an art sponge, colored pencils helped set the mood for a lively discussion…
All of us enjoyed reading this fictional book based on an actual $500 million art heist. On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It still remains the largest unsolved art heist in history. This book led to a great discussion primarily about art (especially the works of Degas) and also about art reproductions.
One of the actual 13 works of art stolen from the Gardner Museum on March 18, 1990.
One of the actual five works of Degas stolen that day. In the book, The Art Forger, the main character, Claire Roth, agrees to forge a Degas masterpiece.