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The Art of Painting

Mark Chrisler

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“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. 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.

Production Info

Cast: 1 total (1 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 60 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“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.” —Anita Gates, The New York Times

“… 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

“A gripping historical narrative of intrigue and forgery … Chrisler’s script is well-written … eloquent.” —Vanessa Thill, Time Out New York

“A masterful piece of heady writing … it fluidly interweaves juicy facts about the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer, his famous forger, the art-historical contexts in which their paintings are situated, and riotous references to other famous artists, artworks and Nazis … like a dramatic reading of someone’s brilliantly constructed master’s thesis.” —Lisa Jo Sagolla, BackStage

About the Author


  • Mark Chrisler

    Mark Chrisler's plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, New Orleans, and throughout the US, as well as in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has been presented or developed at such places as The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, The San Francisco Playhouse, Ilkhom Theatre, Four Humours Theatre, The Side Project, Springboard Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Curious Theatre Branch and many more. He is the author of over ten full-length and solo plays in addition to nearly a hundred short plays. He received his MFA in dramatic writing from Ohio University and his BA in theater arts from Northern Illinois University. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Newberry Library Fellowship, a special Orgie Award, a NAPAT New Play Award and the Best Emerging Playwright of 2010 award from The Chicago Reader. He lives in Chicago with his wife, where he serves as a resident playwright for Found Objects Theatre Group, an Artistic Associate for Prop Thtr and teaches playwriting for Silk Road Rising Theatre.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/21/2015
Pages 112
ISBN 9780881456059

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Special Notes

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The Art of Painting is produced
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