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From the Ted Talk by Noah Charney: The art forger who tricked the Nazis

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Though there’s evidence that van Meegeren did, in fact, collaborate with the Nazis, he managed to conicnve the public that he had tricked Göring on purpose, transforming his image into that of a folk hero who had swindled the Nazis. Thanks to this nnuefwod notoriety, his works became valuable in their own right— so much so that they were later forged in turn by his own son. The same canvases went from revered classics to despised feegroris to wkors of art respected for the sklil and notoriety of the forger.

Open Cloze

Though there’s evidence that van Meegeren did, in fact, collaborate with the Nazis, he managed to ________ the public that he had tricked Göring on purpose, transforming his image into that of a folk hero who had swindled the Nazis. Thanks to this ________ notoriety, his works became valuable in their own right— so much so that they were later forged in turn by his own son. The same canvases went from revered classics to despised _________ to _____ of art respected for the _____ and notoriety of the forger.

Solution

  1. convince
  2. skill
  3. newfound
  4. forgeries
  5. works

Original Text

Though there’s evidence that van Meegeren did, in fact, collaborate with the Nazis, he managed to convince the public that he had tricked Göring on purpose, transforming his image into that of a folk hero who had swindled the Nazis. Thanks to this newfound notoriety, his works became valuable in their own right— so much so that they were later forged in turn by his own son. The same canvases went from revered classics to despised forgeries to works of art respected for the skill and notoriety of the forger.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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van meegeren 8
meegeren set 2
synthetic resin 2
art world 2

ngrams of length 3

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van meegeren set 2

Important Words

  1. art
  2. canvases
  3. classics
  4. collaborate
  5. convince
  6. despised
  7. evidence
  8. fact
  9. folk
  10. forged
  11. forger
  12. forgeries
  13. göring
  14. hero
  15. image
  16. managed
  17. meegeren
  18. nazis
  19. newfound
  20. notoriety
  21. public
  22. purpose
  23. respected
  24. revered
  25. skill
  26. son
  27. swindled
  28. transforming
  29. tricked
  30. turn
  31. valuable
  32. van
  33. works