About RJ Driessen


Driessen forged Over 2000 Sculptures Over 3000 Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors, and around 1500 Giacometti’s

Overview

Robert Driessen, now 60, was born in Arnhem in the Netherlands. At an early age he found he had a natural talent for art and decided to make it his career.

Driessen began his art career selling tourist art pieces in Holland and then moved on to painting “in the style of” other artists. Soon a number of dealers were buying his paintings. One of them was Michel van Rijn, who would eventually acquire the reputation of being the most successful art smuggler in the world. Driessen has spent 36 years painting and sculpting outright forgeries.

Driessen soon became one of the five most successful art forgers in history. His copies, and interpretations of, paintings and sculptures by the most famous artists in history and of the world’s greatest modern day sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, fooled museums, collectors, galleries and every major auction house in the world.

Recently the authorities discovered a large “walking man” signed Giacometti in the famous Maplethorpe collection which was actually created by Driessen. The collection paid many millions of dollars for it

It is estimated that there are still over 1,000 Driessen forgeries in circulation in major galleries and private collections, the majority of which have not been discovered.

Driessen forged:

Over 3000 Paintings, drawings and watercolors

Around 1500 Giacometti’s and

Over 2000 other sculptures

Many of Driessen’s artworks have sold for tens of millions of dollars and his copies of the work of Alberto Giacometti, can sell for millions of dollars. In addition to selling artworks and sculptures for money, he also exchanged them for land worth millions of dollars, a luxury apartment on the boulevard in Cannes in France and many were sold at the big auction houses for many millions of dollars.

The profession of forger can be a very lucrative one, and for a time, Driessen became extremely rich. It is believed that he earned millions of dollars from his artworks. In the 1980s, Driessen lived in a decadent 11-room villa in eastern Netherlands, and drove a BMW 7 series car.

This luxury was replaced by a German jail cell after he was convicted of defrauding a German billionaire who paid $3.5 million for Driessen’s Giacometti sculptures.. Two of his accomplices also went to prison in Germany after the gang was accused of making more than $10.4 million, likely a fraction of their true proceeds.

Robert emigrated to Thailand, out of the reach of European authorities, where he opened a small restaurant near where Roman Abramovich’s luxury yacht is anchored in the bay. He is still wanted in Europe for further art crimes uncovered after his release from prison.

After his time in prison he has taken up the brush and sculptors tools once again, producing original reproductions of the masters, all of which are now signed by Robert Driessen.

Two film documentaries have been made about Robert Driessen, one is called “Passage des arts “ and the second is called “La gallerie”

His brilliance with Giacometti was his downfall

Alberto Giacometti was one of the great artists of the 20th century, and today, he is the world’s most expensive sculptor. His sculpture “L’Homme qui marche” sold at a Sotheby’s auction for the equivalent of $85 million.

Giacometti produced 534 unique pieces, which are scattered in galleries and private collections throughout the world. He was a great artist who created a great body of work, leaving behind even greater disorder. Giacometti often had different foundries produce bronzes from the same design, after apparently losing track of which of his plaster models he had cast and which ones he had destroyed because he didn’t like them.

There is no catalogue of his works, only an incomplete database with images of his works on the Internet. In this sense, Giacometti made things very easy for Robert Driessen. Driessen’s Giacometti’s weren’t simply recast versions of the originals, instead, Driessen just added to Giacometti’s body of work. He made his own models, had them cast and stamped them with the stamps of the foundries Giacometti had used.

Driessen begins forging sculptures

In 1987 he began casting sculptures, a craft he had learned from Roel Maaskant, a caster in Brummen, in the Netherlands. Bronze sculptures are expensive and complex, and the path from a wax or plaster figure through a latex mold to the finished sculpture is a long one. “You never know if it’s going to work,” says Driessen. “It’s exciting.”

The market for sculpture is even shadier than the market for paintings, because recasting is easier than painting. It is difficult to verify how many castings of a sculpture exist, partly because foundries often make copies or cast more sculptures than the artist commissioned. As a result, there are real and fake originals that are indistinguishable from one another.

Driessen was meticulous. He went to Duisburg in Germany more than 10 times to take more than 200 photos of Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s famous “Kneeling Woman” in front of the Lehmbruck Museum. The finished bronze, weighed 150 kilos (330 lbs.). Cologne art dealer Michael Werner, one of Germany’s great gallery owners, paid $55,000 for the Lehmbruck copy. Today it stands in the garden of the Werner Gallery in Trebbin, south of Berlin.

Driessen made his first Giacometti sculpture in 1998. After studying Giacometti’s style, the signatures and the foundry stamp, he made a thin, plaster figure 2.7 meters (8’10”) tall, named it “Annette,” after Giacometti’s wife, and put it in storage in his attic. Only after one of his dealers had found a potential buyer did he have the bronze cast. A Dutch art dealer and an antique dealer from Mainz, Germany and a Greek buyer who paid$250,000 cash for the sculpture. They became Driessen’s partners.

Three weeks later, Driessen sold him 12 Giacometti bronzes, all small figures less than 40 centimeters tall. Driessen provided the antique dealer with as many forgeries as he wanted. The two men would meet on Sundays at a rest area on the A3 autobahn, which passes from the Netherlands to the Rhine-Main region in Germany. Driessen moved the fake Giacometti’s from his BMW to the buyers Daimler station wagon. The Giacometti business went on for 10 years.

Driessen’s partners successfully searched for wealthy individuals with little knowledge about art. A billionaire in Frankfurt, bought fake Giacometti’s for $4 million. Stuttgart investment manager Peter Hans Schuck also paid over $4 million for Giacometti forgeries. Driessen even had to hire two assistants to keep up with the casting. The majority of the pieces were produced in Roel Maaskant’s foundry in Brummen.

Refuge in Southeast Asia

In 2005, Driessen, his wife and their son emigrated to Thailand from where he cannot be extradited to Europe. Before they left, Driessen burned all his photos of forged works of art.

In 2009, Driessen’s partners were arrested at the Frankfurt airport while in the process of selling five Giacometti forgeries for €338,000 in cash. The police also searched their warehouse on Kaiser-Karl-Ring in Mainz. They found 831 bronzes and 171 plaster figure in the style of Alberto Giacometti.

Driessen has received a notice to appear, but if he goes back to Holland, they might return him to Germany. German authorities still want to arrest him. “People paid me not to attend trial,” he claims. “They made millions, that’s why they didn’t want me there. They sent me to Thailand and paid all of my bills.”

Quotes

  • One of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century.
  • He so well replicated the styles and colors of the artists that the best art critics and experts of the time regarded his paintings as genuine and exquisite.
  • Beltracchi, along with Driessen is one of the most famous forgers of recent decades. Beltracchi’s fakes now sell for between $88,000 and $100,000, a lot cheaper than $100 million for the identical product.
  • Driessen’s authenticated fakes still sell for large amounts of money.
  • The reality is that his paintings are hanging in galleries and private collections next to the greatest painters in history. Unfortunately, he would also sign these works with their names instead of his own.
  • Even the people who know they own one of his forgeries prefer to remain silent. Millions of dollars are at stake.
  • Experts thought the paintings were originals and true masterpieces.
  • Driessen claims there is no artist he could not reproduce.
  • Buying art is like investing in stocks, and the art market now craves for works signed by Driessen
  • Driessen does not simply replicate existing paintings, reinterprets in their style.
  • Driessen’s paintings found their way to the collections of some of the most highly esteemed collectors, museums and galleries.
  • It is the high quality of his works, that even convinced scientists and art experts, as well as the need for extraordinary artworks that guaranteed his “success” and didn’t raise suspicion.
  • The only crime I committed was putting wrong signatures on my paintings.
  • Driessen spent years studying and analyzing the work and lifestyles of the painters he forged. They are works of art, not copies.
  • Driessen has all of the things that a master forger requires: knowledge of art history, the command of painting techniques and, most of all, considerable artistic talent.
  • If you are an art aficionado and have been to many of the world’s leading galleries, you have undoubtedly seen Driessen’s work, but just don’t know it.
  • Driessen did not merely copy existing works by modern masters, but he made new ones, according to their style and technique. They were largely accepted as long lost treasures.
  • Driessen bought old canvases, old wooden frames and ensured the paint pigments were identical to those at the time the forged artist lived.
  • The Fine Arts Institute in Geneva, an art-research lab claims that up to 70 percent of works it checks turn out to be either fakes, forgeries, or misattributions.
  • Thomas Hoving, who was director of the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art
    in the United States for 10 years, estimated that forged art comprises up to 40 percent of the entire global art market.
  • After an exhaustive study, London’s “Independent” determined that approximately 30% of all masterpieces hung in galleries are fake. At a recent Modigliani exhibit at Genoa’s Ducal Palace all the 21 paintings were revealed as fake.
  • The state-owned Terrus museum dedicated to the Catalan artist Étienne Terrus in France have confirmed that 82 of the 140 works in their collection were actually fakes.
  • The market is rife with counterfeit masterpieces despite the rise of technology making fakes easier to spot. These fakes are that good.

Robert Driessen is considered one of the wealthiest forgers in the world.

Driessen has never identified all the forgeries that he created – over 1200 are still in museums, galleries and in private collections and he has no intention of disclosing them.

Order Details – How do I order a Driessen masterpiece?

Oils, watercolors, sketches, drawings, and Giacometti sculptures

Select the masterpiece for which you would like a ‘Genuine Blockchain Certified’ replica. This selection may be from the artworks provided on this website or any masterpiece of your choosing. If your choice is not available on the website, send a photograph of the artwork you require, name of the artist, name of the painting or Giacometti sculpture and dimensions of the original. You can choose dimensions of your liking, but these must be in the same proportion as the original.

Genuine Forgeries will respond within 48 hours as to the investment required to acquire your chosen masterpiece.

All works come with a photograph and a description of the work.

The artworks are shipped from outside the United States and excluding exceptional circumstances, your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks.

Your masterpiece will be delivered rolled in a secure travel cylinder. Sculptures will be delivered and boxed in a secure travel box. All prices of Driessen masterpieces include postage and packaging.

Full payment is required upon your order being accepted and confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE: All works of Art will NOT be signed. Or upon request will be signed by R.J.C. Driessen in the style of (applicable artist name)

Customer information will not be disclosed to any third party.

Please email your instructions to: artadvisor@genuineforgeries.vip

FAQ’s

Question: Do I have to order from the examples on the website or can I order a masterpiece that is not on the Genuine Forgeries website?

Answer:  Select the masterpiece for which you would like a ‘Genuine Blockchain Certified’ replica. This selection may be from the examples provided on this website or any masterpiece of your choosing. Supply a photo, give the name of the artist, name of painting or drawing and dimension of the original.

Question: Does my artwork have to be the same size as the original artwork?

Answer:   Specify the size of the work you require. It may be the size of the original or adjusted to suite your requirements. It must, however, have the same proportions as the original.

Question: How long will it take for me to finalize my masterpiece order?

Answer:    Genuine Forgeries will respond within 48 hours as to the investment required to acquire your chosen masterpiece.

Question: When will I be required to make payment for my masterpiece?

Answer:  Full payment is required upon your order being accepted and confirmed.

Question: Are my funds secured?

Answer:  Your investment will be held in escrow and not released until your masterpiece has been delivered.

Question: How long will it take from my order being placed to delivery of my masterpiece?

Answer:  Your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks. The artworks are shipped from outside the United States and excluding exceptional circumstances, your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks.

Question: How will my masterpiece be delivered?

Answer:  Your masterpiece will be delivered via express post and rolled in a secure travel cylinder. Sculptures will be delivered via express post and boxed in a secure travel box.

Question: What happens if my masterpiece is lost or damaged in transit?

Answer:  Your masterpiece is fully insured for damage or loss until it is safely delivered to you.

Question: I noticed there are only Giacometti sculptures on the website. Does Driessen do any other sculptures?

Answer:   No, he only does replicas of Giacometti sculptures

Overview

Robert Driessen, now 60, was born in Arnhem in the Netherlands. At an early age he found he had a natural talent for art and decided to make it his career.

Driessen began his art career selling tourist art pieces in Holland and then moved on to painting “in the style of” other artists. Soon a number of dealers were buying his paintings. One of them was Michel van Rijn, who would eventually acquire the reputation of being the most successful art smuggler in the world. Driessen has spent 36 years painting and sculpting outright forgeries.

Driessen soon became one of the five most successful art forgers in history. His copies, and interpretations of, paintings and sculptures by the most famous artists in history and of the world’s greatest modern day sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, fooled museums, collectors, galleries and every major auction house in the world.

Recently the authorities discovered a large “walking man” signed Giacometti in the famous Maplethorpe collection which was actually created by Driessen. The collection paid many millions of dollars for it

It is estimated that there are still over 1,000 Driessen forgeries in circulation in major galleries and private collections, the majority of which have not been discovered.

Driessen forged:

Over 3000 Paintings, drawings and watercolors

Around 1500 Giacometti’s and

Over 2000 other sculptures

Many of Driessen’s artworks have sold for tens of millions of dollars and his copies of the work of Alberto Giacometti, can sell for millions of dollars. In addition to selling artworks and sculptures for money, he also exchanged them for land worth millions of dollars, a luxury apartment on the boulevard in Cannes in France and many were sold at the big auction houses for many millions of dollars.

The profession of forger can be a very lucrative one, and for a time, Driessen became extremely rich. It is believed that he earned millions of dollars from his artworks. In the 1980s, Driessen lived in a decadent 11-room villa in eastern Netherlands, and drove a BMW 7 series car.

This luxury was replaced by a German jail cell after he was convicted of defrauding a German billionaire who paid $3.5 million for Driessen’s Giacometti sculptures.. Two of his accomplices also went to prison in Germany after the gang was accused of making more than $10.4 million, likely a fraction of their true proceeds.

Robert emigrated to Thailand, out of the reach of European authorities, where he opened a small restaurant near where Roman Abramovich’s luxury yacht is anchored in the bay. He is still wanted in Europe for further art crimes uncovered after his release from prison.

After his time in prison he has taken up the brush and sculptors tools once again, producing original reproductions of the masters, all of which are now signed by Robert Driessen.

Two film documentaries have been made about Robert Driessen, one is called “Passage des arts “ and the second is called “La gallerie”

His brilliance with Giacometti was his downfall

Alberto Giacometti was one of the great artists of the 20th century, and today, he is the world’s most expensive sculptor. His sculpture “L’Homme qui marche” sold at a Sotheby’s auction for the equivalent of $85 million.

Giacometti produced 534 unique pieces, which are scattered in galleries and private collections throughout the world. He was a great artist who created a great body of work, leaving behind even greater disorder. Giacometti often had different foundries produce bronzes from the same design, after apparently losing track of which of his plaster models he had cast and which ones he had destroyed because he didn’t like them.

There is no catalogue of his works, only an incomplete database with images of his works on the Internet. In this sense, Giacometti made things very easy for Robert Driessen. Driessen’s Giacometti’s weren’t simply recast versions of the originals, instead, Driessen just added to Giacometti’s body of work. He made his own models, had them cast and stamped them with the stamps of the foundries Giacometti had used.

Driessen begins forging sculptures

In 1987 he began casting sculptures, a craft he had learned from Roel Maaskant, a caster in Brummen, in the Netherlands. Bronze sculptures are expensive and complex, and the path from a wax or plaster figure through a latex mold to the finished sculpture is a long one. “You never know if it’s going to work,” says Driessen. “It’s exciting.”

The market for sculpture is even shadier than the market for paintings, because recasting is easier than painting. It is difficult to verify how many castings of a sculpture exist, partly because foundries often make copies or cast more sculptures than the artist commissioned. As a result, there are real and fake originals that are indistinguishable from one another.

Driessen was meticulous. He went to Duisburg in Germany more than 10 times to take more than 200 photos of Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s famous “Kneeling Woman” in front of the Lehmbruck Museum. The finished bronze, weighed 150 kilos (330 lbs.). Cologne art dealer Michael Werner, one of Germany’s great gallery owners, paid $55,000 for the Lehmbruck copy. Today it stands in the garden of the Werner Gallery in Trebbin, south of Berlin.

Driessen made his first Giacometti sculpture in 1998. After studying Giacometti’s style, the signatures and the foundry stamp, he made a thin, plaster figure 2.7 meters (8’10”) tall, named it “Annette,” after Giacometti’s wife, and put it in storage in his attic. Only after one of his dealers had found a potential buyer did he have the bronze cast. A Dutch art dealer and an antique dealer from Mainz, Germany and a Greek buyer who paid$250,000 cash for the sculpture. They became Driessen’s partners.

Three weeks later, Driessen sold him 12 Giacometti bronzes, all small figures less than 40 centimeters tall. Driessen provided the antique dealer with as many forgeries as he wanted. The two men would meet on Sundays at a rest area on the A3 autobahn, which passes from the Netherlands to the Rhine-Main region in Germany. Driessen moved the fake Giacometti’s from his BMW to the buyers Daimler station wagon. The Giacometti business went on for 10 years.

Driessen’s partners successfully searched for wealthy individuals with little knowledge about art. A billionaire in Frankfurt, bought fake Giacometti’s for $4 million. Stuttgart investment manager Peter Hans Schuck also paid over $4 million for Giacometti forgeries. Driessen even had to hire two assistants to keep up with the casting. The majority of the pieces were produced in Roel Maaskant’s foundry in Brummen.

Refuge in Southeast Asia

In 2005, Driessen, his wife and their son emigrated to Thailand from where he cannot be extradited to Europe. Before they left, Driessen burned all his photos of forged works of art.

In 2009, Driessen’s partners were arrested at the Frankfurt airport while in the process of selling five Giacometti forgeries for €338,000 in cash. The police also searched their warehouse on Kaiser-Karl-Ring in Mainz. They found 831 bronzes and 171 plaster figure in the style of Alberto Giacometti.

Driessen has received a notice to appear, but if he goes back to Holland, they might return him to Germany. German authorities still want to arrest him. “People paid me not to attend trial,” he claims. “They made millions, that’s why they didn’t want me there. They sent me to Thailand and paid all of my bills.”

Quotes

  • One of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century.
  • He so well replicated the styles and colors of the artists that the best art critics and experts of the time regarded his paintings as genuine and exquisite.
  • Beltracchi, along with Driessen is one of the most famous forgers of recent decades. Beltracchi’s fakes now sell for between $88,000 and $100,000, a lot cheaper than $100 million for the identical product.
  • Driessen’s authenticated fakes still sell for large amounts of money.
  • The reality is that his paintings are hanging in galleries and private collections next to the greatest painters in history. Unfortunately, he would also sign these works with their names instead of his own.
  • Even the people who know they own one of his forgeries prefer to remain silent. Millions of dollars are at stake.
  • Experts thought the paintings were originals and true masterpieces.
  • Driessen claims there is no artist he could not reproduce.
  • Buying art is like investing in stocks, and the art market now craves for works signed by Driessen
  • Driessen does not simply replicate existing paintings, reinterprets in their style.
  • Driessen’s paintings found their way to the collections of some of the most highly esteemed collectors, museums and galleries.
  • It is the high quality of his works, that even convinced scientists and art experts, as well as the need for extraordinary artworks that guaranteed his “success” and didn’t raise suspicion.
  • The only crime I committed was putting wrong signatures on my paintings.
  • Driessen spent years studying and analyzing the work and lifestyles of the painters he forged. They are works of art, not copies.
  • Driessen has all of the things that a master forger requires: knowledge of art history, the command of painting techniques and, most of all, considerable artistic talent.
  • If you are an art aficionado and have been to many of the world’s leading galleries, you have undoubtedly seen Driessen’s work, but just don’t know it.
  • Driessen did not merely copy existing works by modern masters, but he made new ones, according to their style and technique. They were largely accepted as long lost treasures.
  • Driessen bought old canvases, old wooden frames and ensured the paint pigments were identical to those at the time the forged artist lived.
  • The Fine Arts Institute in Geneva, an art-research lab claims that up to 70 percent of works it checks turn out to be either fakes, forgeries, or misattributions.
  • Thomas Hoving, who was director of the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art
    in the United States for 10 years, estimated that forged art comprises up to 40 percent of the entire global art market.
  • After an exhaustive study, London’s “Independent” determined that approximately 30% of all masterpieces hung in galleries are fake. At a recent Modigliani exhibit at Genoa’s Ducal Palace all the 21 paintings were revealed as fake.
  • The state-owned Terrus museum dedicated to the Catalan artist Étienne Terrus in France have confirmed that 82 of the 140 works in their collection were actually fakes.
  • The market is rife with counterfeit masterpieces despite the rise of technology making fakes easier to spot. These fakes are that good.

Robert Driessen is considered one of the wealthiest forgers in the world.

Driessen has never identified all the forgeries that he created – over 1200 are still in museums, galleries and in private collections and he has no intention of disclosing them.

Order Details – How do I order a Driessen masterpiece?

Oils, watercolors, sketches, drawings, and Giacometti sculptures

Select the masterpiece for which you would like a ‘Genuine Blockchain Certified’ replica. This selection may be from the artworks provided on this website or any masterpiece of your choosing. If your choice is not available on the website, send a photograph of the artwork you require, name of the artist, name of the painting or Giacometti sculpture and dimensions of the original. You can choose dimensions of your liking, but these must be in the same proportion as the original.

Genuine Forgeries will respond within 48 hours as to the investment required to acquire your chosen masterpiece.

All works come with a photograph and a description of the work.

The artworks are shipped from outside the United States and excluding exceptional circumstances, your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks.

Your masterpiece will be delivered rolled in a secure travel cylinder. Sculptures will be delivered and boxed in a secure travel box. All prices of Driessen masterpieces include postage and packaging.

Full payment is required upon your order being accepted and confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE: All works of Art will NOT be signed. Or upon request will be signed by R.J.C. Driessen in the style of (applicable artist name)

Customer information will not be disclosed to any third party.

Please email your instructions to: artadvisor@genuineforgeries.vip

FAQ’s

Question: Do I have to order from the examples on the website or can I order a masterpiece that is not on the Genuine Forgeries website?

Answer:  Select the masterpiece for which you would like a ‘Genuine Blockchain Certified’ replica. This selection may be from the examples provided on this website or any masterpiece of your choosing. Supply a photo, give the name of the artist, name of painting or drawing and dimension of the original.

Question: Does my artwork have to be the same size as the original artwork?

Answer:   Specify the size of the work you require. It may be the size of the original or adjusted to suite your requirements. It must, however, have the same proportions as the original.

Question: How long will it take for me to finalize my masterpiece order?

Answer:    Genuine Forgeries will respond within 48 hours as to the investment required to acquire your chosen masterpiece.

Question: When will I be required to make payment for my masterpiece?

Answer:  Full payment is required upon your order being accepted and confirmed.

Question: Are my funds secured?

Answer:  Your investment will be held in escrow and not released until your masterpiece has been delivered.

Question: How long will it take from my order being placed to delivery of my masterpiece?

Answer:  Your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks. The artworks are shipped from outside the United States and excluding exceptional circumstances, your masterpiece will be delivered within 8 weeks.

Question: How will my masterpiece be delivered?

Answer:  Your masterpiece will be delivered via express post and rolled in a secure travel cylinder. Sculptures will be delivered via express post and boxed in a secure travel box.

Question: What happens if my masterpiece is lost or damaged in transit?

Answer:  Your masterpiece is fully insured for damage or loss until it is safely delivered to you.

Question: I noticed there are only Giacometti sculptures on the website. Does Driessen do any other sculptures?

Answer:   No, he only does replicas of Giacometti sculptures

Our Mission

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We are committed to delivering the highest quality service and product to our investors. Genuine Forgeries is a transparent and customer centric commercial representative for the investors in the works of Robert Driessen

Our History

Trajectory

Our services were created to facilitate the sale of Robert Driessen’s works. This website and our services were created in the name of love the of art. We look forward to many years of service to the art lover community.

Our Mission

Mission & values

We are committed to delivering the highest quality service and product to our investors. Genuine Forgeries is a transparent and customer centric commercial representative for the investors in the works of Robert Driessen

Our History

Trajectory

Our services were created to facilitate the sale of Robert Driessen’s works. This website and our services were created in the name of love the of art. We look forward to many years of service to the art lover community.

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