Meegeren, Han van

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Name
Meegeren, Han van Gender: M
Henricus Antonius van Meegeren
born on 10 October 1889 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Deventer, Netherlands, 52n16, 6e10
Timezone LMT m6e10 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 17°09' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 01°52 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°43'



Han van Meegeren
photo: Photographer Koos Raucamp, license cc-by-sa-3.0

Biography

Dutch painter and portraitist, considered to be one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century.

After the war Han van Meegren became a folk hero as "the man who swindled Goering" by selling in 1943 Herman Göring a false Vermeer named "Christus en de overspelige vrouw" (Jesus and the woman taken in adultery) for 1,650,000 Dutch guilders.

Motto/parole of this entry: Dutch master poet Joost van den Vondel quoting All the world's a stage of Shakespeare (1599, 1623): "De wereld is een schouwtoneel, elk speelt zijn rol en krijgt zijn deel" (1668).

Participants of this drama:

Father: Henricus Johannes van Meegeren (20 January 1851 9 PM, Zwolle - 10 September 1932 1 PM, Amersfoort), French and history teacher at the "kweekschool" (breeding school of teachers) in Zwolle.

He was the son of the tailor Johannes Willem Frederik van Meegeren (3 September 1823, Zwolle - 26 April 1863, Zwolle) and Johanna Maria Kremer (25 December 1819, Zwolle - 1 March 1903, Deventer), who married 16 May 1849 in Zwolle.

Mother: Augusta Louise Henriette Camps (2 February 1859, Den Bosch - 21 July 1927, Amersfoort). Married 10 September 1932 in Amersfoort, Henricus Johannes van Meegeren

Children:

1) Johanna Willemina Fredrika van Meegeren (31 July 1885 4 PM, Deventer), a teacher, married Adolphus Jacobus Maria Bruggemeijer on 7 October 1919 in Deventer.

2) Hermanus van Meegeren (2 October 1888 2 AM , Deventer - 12 November 1911, Deventer)

3) Henricus Antonius "Han" van Meegeren (10 October 1889, Deventer - 30 December 1947, Amsterdam)

4) Augusta Johanna Maria Jurriana van Meegeren (11 February 1 AM 1899, Deventer - 1986) married 5 October 1927 Willem "Pim" Polman Tuin (16 November 1892, Amsterdam - 1929) in Utrecht. Augusta was Han's favourite sister.

First spouse: On 18 April 1912, he married in Rijswijk Anna de Voogt (7 November 1890, Deli - 4 December 1978, Medan). She was divorced from Carel Hendrik de Boer (18 February 1879, Jakarta - 26 May 1949, Den Haag) and had two children: Freerijk Carel de Boer (2 June 1907, Den Haag) and Viola Hermine Lambertine de Boer (23 August 1910, Den Haag). Han and Anna divorced 3 May 1923.

They got two children:

1) The painter Jacques Henri Emil van Meegeren (26 August 1912, Rijswijk – 26 October 1977, Amsterdam), who became a forger of the work of his father. As he was less gifted, his forgeries damaged the reputation of his father. Jacques married on 22 September 1938 in Paris with Lucienne Combey (Annecy). The had two daughters: Michèle (19390 and Chantal (1942).

2) Pauline Hermine van Meegeren (24 March 1915, Den Haag - April 1985, Surrey), who became a language teacher. She married Gordon C.T. Randall and got a daughter Barbara.

Second spouse: On 22 November 1928, he married in Woerden Johanna Theresia Oerlemans (5 February 1886 15h30, Den Haag - 2 October 1977, Zwijndrecht). She had a daughter Viola. Han and Johanna divorced for financial reasons on 8 December 1943.

The famous Sun in Scorpio painter Jan Vermeer was born in Delft. He was baptised 31 October 1632 date of birth unknown. He died 15 Dec. 1675 aged 43.


Link to Wikipedia

Relationships

  • financial crime victim relationship with Göring, Hermann (born 12 January 1893)

Events

  • Other Family 31 July 1885 at 4:00 PM in Deventer (Sister born: Johanna Willemina Fredrika van Meegeren)
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  • Other Family 2 October 1888 at 02:00 AM in Deventer (Brother born: Hermanus van Meegeren)
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  • Other Family 11 February 1899 at 01:00 AM in Deventer (Sister born: Augusta Johanna Maria Jurriana van Meegeren)
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  • Death of Significant person 1 March 1903 in Deventer (Grandmother Johanna Maria Kremer, born 25 December 1819, Zwolle)
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  • Death of Sibling 12 November 1911 in Deventer (Hermanus van Meegeren, born 2 October 1888 2 AM , Deventer)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 18 April 1912 in Rijswijk (Anna de Voogt, with her two children Freerijk Carel de Boer (2 June 1907, Den Haag) and Viola Hermine Lambertine de Boer (23 August 1910, Den Haag).)
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  • Work : Prize 8 January 1913 in Delft (Gold Medal from the Technical University in Delft for his Study of the Interior of the Church of Saint Lawrence)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 24 March 1915 in Den Haag (Pauline (Inez) Hermine Randall (born van Meegeren))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 24 April 1917 in Den Haag (Frst solo exhibition Kunstzaal Pictura 24 April- 22 May 1917)
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  • Social : Joined group 2 December 1919 in Den Haag (membership of the Haagse Kunstkring (Hague Art Circle))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 May 1922 in Den Haag (Exhibition of Bijbelsche Tafereelen (Biblical scenes) in Kunstzaal Biesing till 7 June)
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  • Financial Crime Perpetration June 1923 (Laughing Cavalier and Satisfied Smoker by Frans Hals appear on the market.)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 19 July 1923 (Anna de Voogt)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released April 1928 (Van Meegeren founds the monthly art magazine De Kemphaan (The Fighting Cock).)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 22 November 1928 in Woerden (Johanna Theresia Oerlemans)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 3 May 1930 in Deventer (Exhibition of portraits, paintings and drawings, Deventer Association for Tourism till 10 May.)
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  • Death of Significant person 7 October 1930 in Deventer (Painting teacher Bartus Korteling (born 13 Aug 1853, Deventer))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released March 1931 (Final edition of De Kemphaan.)
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  • Other Work October 1932 (The discovery in July of Man and Woman at a Spinet, a heretofore-unknown Vermeer, is announced by prominent art historian and critic Dr. Abraham Bredius in Burlington Magazine, 61:145.)
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  • Other Work September 1937 (Early September: Christ at Emmaus is identified by Dr. Abraham Bredius as an authentic painting by Johannes Vermeer. Bredius writes of his discovery in “A New Vermeer,” Burlington Magazine (November 1937), 71:210–211.)
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  • Financial Crime Perpetration 18 June 1938 in Rotterdam (Official delivery of Christ at Emmaus to the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam)
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  • Social : Change of Lifestyle July 1938 in Nice (Summer: Van Meegeren moves to Nice and paints The Card Players and The Drinking Party in the style of Pieter de Hooch.)
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  • Other Family 22 September 1938 in Paris (Son Jacques married Lucienne Combey)
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  • Social : Return Home October 1939 (Autumn: Because of the threat of the war, Van Meegeren and his wife return to the Netherlands from France, leaving The Last Supper behind in Nice.)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 8 November 1941 in Laren (Exhibition of fifty drawings by Han van Meegeren, at Hotel Hampdorff in Laren.)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 3 January 1943 in Den Haag (Opening of an exhibition of Van Meegeren’s drawings in Panorama Mesdag)
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  • Financial Crime Perpetration December 1943 (Christ and the Adulteress is sold to Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering.)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 18 December 1943 (Johanna Theresia Oerlemans)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 17 May 1945 (Allied forces found Goebbels art collection)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 12 June 1945 in Amsterdam (admitted forgery while being held in custody)
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  • Financial : Bankruptcy December 1945 (filed for bankruptcy)
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  • Death of Significant person 13 April 1946 (Dr. Abraham Bredius dies.)
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  • Other Family April 1947 in Utrecht (Daugther Inez van Meegeren marries Gordon Randall)
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  • Social : Great Publicity October 1947 (listed second in a Dutch popularity poll, as the man who fooled Dutch art experts and Hermann Göring)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 12 November 1947 in Amsterdam (sentenced to one year for forgery and fraud, went home awaiting his imprisonment)
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  • Health : Acute illness 26 November 1947 in Amsterdam (1st heart attack at home, admitted to hospital)
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  • Health : Acute illness 29 December 1947 in Amsterdam (2nd (fatal) heart attack in the Valerius clinic)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 30 December 1947 at 5:00 PM in Amsterdam
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  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 4 September 1950 in Amsterdam (House at the Keizersgracht 321 auctioned by order of the court)
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  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 5 September 1950 in Amsterdam (Properties auctioned by order of the court)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 November 1961 in Kortrijk (Van Meegeren exhibition Stadsmuseum till 3 December)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 13 December 1961 in Brugge (exhibition, Bruges (Belgium) Concertgebouw till 3 Jan 1962)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released February 1971 in Rotterdam (hrist at Emmaus is exhibited in Boijmans van Beuningen Museumagain)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 7 September 1974 in Tilburg (Exhibition in Koningswei till 13 October)
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  • Death of Mate 2 October 1977 in Zwijndrecht (Johanna Theresia Oerlemans)
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  • Death of Child 26 October 1977 in Amsterdam (Jacques Henri Emil van Meegeren)
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  • Death of Child 26 October 1977 in Amsterdam (Jacques van Meegeren)
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  • Death of Mate 4 December 1978 in Medan (Anna de Voogt)
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  • Death of Child April 1985 in Surrey (Pauline Hermine (Inez) van Meegeren Randall)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 June 1985 in Zeist (Exhibition at Slot Zeist (Zeist Castle) till 1 September)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 10 February 1996 in Rotterdam (Han van Meegeren retrospective at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam till 2 June)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 April 1996 in Den Haag (Exhibition at the Bredius Museum)
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved BC time from municipal archive: 10 October 1889 at 07:00 AM. Timed family events are based on documented local BC times.

Time-line's are found in the Wikipedia, hanvanmeegeren.info and Wasserman – Han van Meegeren and his portraits of Theo van der Pas and Jopie Breemer (3): Timeline | Rob Scholte Museum:

Han van Meegeren's Fake Vermeers

VOOR- en NAGESLACHT Echtpaar Vreeswijk-van Meegeren voor TheoH


Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (but died of heart disease before being sent to prision)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (sentenced to one year of prison for forgery and fraud)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Engineer : Civil (Did not finish his TU study)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Visual perception
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (both as a painter and as a forger)