Convicted forger claims he faked ‘about 50’ artists

La Horde, a work attributed to Max Ernst that was found to be forged This work, painted in the style of the prolific Max Ernst, was one of those found to be a forgery

A German convicted for his role in an art forgery scandal has claimed to have faked works by “about 50” different artists over the course of his career.

Demand was so high, said Wolfgang Beltracchi, that he could have found buyers for up to 2,000 bogus pieces, had he been inclined to paint them.

Last October, he was given a six-year jail term for forging 14 paintings by six well-known artists.

One work was bought and sold by actor Steve Martin before being exposed.

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