the Dutch Painter

The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter 

                                   Coming January 2022 

In the aftermath of Sherlock Holmes’s death, Dr. John 
Watson finds an amazing document
--the Lermolieff manuscript:


 Paris, 1890. When a private detective finds himself chasing an art dealer through the streets of Paris to the Gare du Nord, he’s certain he’s smoked out one of the principals of a cunning forgery ring. He doesn’t know that the dealer, Theo Van Gogh, is rushing to the aid of his brother, who lies dying of a gunshot wound. He doesn’t know that the dealer’s brother is a penniless misfit artist named Vincent. Officialdom pronounces the death a suicide, but a few minutes on the scene convinces the detective it was murder. And since the detective is Sherlock Holmes, he’s bulldog-determined to discover why the painter had to be killed, and who fired the fatal shot.

 









Are these two men related? Or...













And what do these two paintings have to do with each other?



"Between 1874 and 1876 a series of articles on Italian painting was published in the German
art history journal Zeitschriftfiir bildende Kunst. They bore the signature of an unknown Russian scholar, Ivan Lermolieff, and the German translator was also unknown, one Johannes Schwarze. The articles proposed a new method for the correct attribution of old masters, which provoked much discussion and controversy among art historians. Several years later the author revealed himself as Giovanni Morelli, an Italian (both pseudonyms were adapted from his own name). The 'Morelli method' is still referred to by art historians."

--from Morelli, Freud and Sherlock Holmes: Clues and Scientific Method 

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