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The 'Greta Garbo Vermeer'


The "Greta Garbo Vermeer"
Painted c. 1930

So called because of its resemblance to Garbo film posters, this painting is otherwise known as The Girl in Antique Costume or The Girl in the Blue Hat. The Paul Casirer Gallery of Berlin arranged the sale of the picture to Baron Heinrich Thyssen, who later became suspicious of the work and returned it to the gallery.

Again, Jonathan Lopez suggests that the picture's "Thirties" look was intended by van Meegeren to appeal subliminally to the tastes of the time.

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