Museum plays April Fools’ joke on prolific forger

Forged from an original work by 19th-century French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, a painting by art forger Mark A. Landis, of Laurel, Miss. is seen on exhibit at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The work of the convincing art forger who has spent nearly three decades copying artists like Picasso and donating his fake art to unsuspecting museums goes on display April Fool's Day. The University of Cincinnati exhibit will explore the problem of art forgery through a look at the unusual story of Landis. (AP Photo/Dottie Stover-University of Cincinnati)Fool me once, the saying goes. But 50 times? That’s what a convincing art forger did for nearly three decades when he donated his copies of Picassos and other works of art to unsuspecting museums in 20 states.


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