The Art of Painting
The Art of Painting is the magnum opus of Johannes Vermeer, one of the greatest artists in history, who lived his whole life ruing the life and work of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, one of the greatest-er artists in history. Or The Art of Painting is the magnum opus of Han van Meegren, one of the greatest art forgers in history who lived his whole life ruing the work of artist Johannes Vermeer. Or The Art of Painting is an act of rue by Jacques van Meegren, son of one of the greatest art forgers in history, who lived his whole life bereft of a father who let him down.
It's a story of sex, Nazis, philosophy, forgery, patricide, creation, deception, art, authenticity, rue, rue and rue all presented with the same eye for false historical verisimilitude that its sources pretended to demand.
“If The Art of Painting were a real art history lecture, it would be a sophomore’s dream. The instructor (Mark Chrisler) is cute, and he makes the lives of long-dead white European men entertaining… As a performer and as a playwright, Mr. Chrisler has presence and a way with words.” -Anita Gates, The New York Times
“A gripping historical narrative of intrigue and forgery.” -Vanessa Thrill, Time Out New York
“A masterful piece of heady writing.” -Lisa Jo Sagolia, Backstage Magazine
“Provocative… demonstrates a startling eloquence and intellectual depth, neatly packed into fifty minutes.” -Heather J. Violanti, NYTheatre
“More exciting and intellectually stimulating than anything I remember from college… Chrisler builds a sense of unreliability and mystery, and the twists that follow are a refreshing reminder of the vivid worlds a one-man show can create onstage.” -Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader