Faking It : Elmyr de Hory - The Century's Greatest Art Forger
Legros and Elmyr struck an agreement that entitled Elmyr to $400 plus expenses every month in exchange for his artworks, as well as an occasional bonus check when sales were especially good. It was further agreed that Legros, and his lover Lessard, would share the risks of selling the forgeries and pocket the remaining profits.
Elmyr was pleased with the agreement because he felt he could settle down and not have to worry about the face-to-face encounters that made him uncomfortable. Moreover, he believed it reduced his risk of getting caught. In 1962, Elmyr moved to the small Spanish
In the meantime, Legros and Lessard were selling hundreds of paintings for astronomical sums. They moved to a luxurious apartment in
By 1964, Elmyr began to get bored. As a result, the quality of his paintings suffered. It didnt take long before art connoisseurs started to recognize his increasingly sloppy work. Eventually, the FBI and Interpol were also beginning to pick up the trail again. They also began to suspect Legros and Lessards involvement, since they were involved in selling most of the identified forgeries.
Legros and Lessard heard rumors in Paris that the authorities were on the lookout for them. Afraid of getting caught, all three men fled to the
By 1966, even more of Elmyrs reproductions were being identified as forgeries. One particular client of
Tensions between the three partners in crime began to grow with the forgery discoveries. It became clear that all three of them were out of a job and the authorities pursuit was gaining momentum. The mounting stress caused frequent disputes over property and money, often ending in violence between Lessard and Legros.