An accomplished ink drawing of three women and a male flute player at right, after Pablo Picasso, signed in pencil at lower right by the famous international art forger, ELMYR DE HORY (1906-1976). The 13 3/4" by 18 1/4" work (20 1/4" by 25" in interesting framing incorporating mirrors in the margin areas) is a fine example of the work of De Hory, the Hungarian-born man who went on to become perhaps the world's most famous art forger by mid century. His interesting life story is documented online and in the Clifford Irving 1969 book "FAKE". Of Jewish parentage, De Hory studied in Munich and Paris (with Fernand Leger in Paris) and by the early thirties was adept at figural works, which were going out of favor as Modernism advanced in popularity. He struggled for years financially, and was arrested in Hungary and Germany, at least partly due to his homosexuality, once escaping a prison hospital. After the war, De Hory came into his own. He recognized that he was quite skilled as a forger of works of famous artists like Modigliani, Matisse, Picasso and Renoir. Galleries and museums were fooled by the con man, and legal difficulties ensued. The tortured and restless artist moved from country to country, continent to continent, before settling in Ibiza in the Balearic Islands of Spain by the 1970's, by which point he was signing works of famous artists with his own name..........not a crime. Over the decades, the notoriety of De Hory led to his own works becoming collectable. Today they appear in auctions. This example much resembles Picasso's graphic work. It is a striking and interesting conversation piece.
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