Psychoanalyst Meets Helene and Wolfgang Beltracchi

Artist Couple Meets Jeannette Fischer

Emotional prodigy—and brilliant art forger

 

Title Information

Jeannette Fischer

1st edition

, 2022

Hardback

188 pages, 20 color illustrations

11.5 x 16.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03942-071-1

Content

Wolfgang Beltracchi is the greatest phenomenon of the international art world. His name is inextricably entwined with one of the greatest upheavals in the global art market. Emulating numerous world-famous artists, he developed and painted new paintings, continued their narrations and biographies, and concluded them with a forged signature. His wife Helene Beltracchi then smuggled them onto the art market. Many experts were deceived by Beltracchi’s stupendous skill and auctioneers cast many doubts aside in the interests of insatiable market demand, selling the paintings as authentic works by the purported artists.

Reading the artistic handwriting of a painting requires an exceptional willingness and ability to be able to empathize and identify with the artist, until you “can feel what the other feels” (Wolfgang Beltracchi). Through extensive discussions with the painter and his wife, the psychoanalyst Jeannette Fischer explored this capability that is so pronounced for Beltracchi. In her new book, she places this in relation to the disappearance of Beltracchi’s own signature. As with her previous highly successful book about the performance artist Marina Abramović, Jeannette Fischer has created an exceptionally insightful portrait of a fascinating artist personality.

 

Jeannette Fischer has been practicing for more than thirty years as a Freudian psychoanalyst in Zurich, with a special focus on the topics of violence, power, and powerlessness. She has also curated exhibitions on these topics and produced two film documentaries.

 

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Cover

Still Life in Wolfgang Beltracchi’s Atelier, camera obscura photography © Jacqueline Weiss

Der grausame Komet. Wolfgang Beltracchi, 2018, in the handwriting of Hendrick Avercamp, 1618, Oil on wood, 27 × 22 cm © Beltracchi family, reproduced with the kind permission of the Beltracchi family

Gruppenbild Blauer Reiter. Wolfgang Beltracchi, 2017, in the handwriting of Heinrich Campendonk, 1914, Oil on canvas, 190 × 275 cm. © Beltracchi family, reproduced with the kind permission of the Beltracchi family

Impressions of the Talks with Helene and Wolfgang Beltracchi in their House, camera obscura photography © Jacqueline Weiss

Nature morte. Wolfgang Beltracchi in the handwriting of Fernand Léger, 1913 © Beltracchi family, reproduced with the kind permission of the Beltracchi family

Impressions of the Talks with Helene and Wolfgang Beltracchi in their House, camera obscura photography © Jacqueline Weiss

camera obscura photography © Jacqueline Weiss, photoediting collage : Lina Bolt and Jacqueline Weiss

 

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