Jacob Baart de la Faille  

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Jacob Baart-de la Faille (1 June 1886, Leeuwarden — 1959) compiled the first catalogue raisonné of the work of Vincent van Gogh, published in 1928. In the same year he was involved in the big fraud affair concerning the Berlin art dealer Otto Wacker, as De la Faille had certified the authenticity of 30 paintings which turned out to be fakes.


Jacob Baart-de la Faille was born to a Dutch father, Cornelis Baart de la Faille, and a Belgian mother, Henriette Adriana Krayenhoff. At the University of Utrecht he majored in law, not in art.


J.-B. de La Faille (!): L'Epoque française de Van Gogh, MM. Bernheim-Jeune, éditeurs d'art, Paris ("acheve d'imprimer le 25 aout 1927")

J.-B. de la Faille: L'Œuvre de Vincent van Gogh, Catalogue raisonné, ouvrage accompagné de la réproduction de plus de 1.600 tableaux, dessins, aquarelles et gravures du Maître. 6 vols. Les Éditions G. van Oest, Paris & Bruxelles, 1928

2nd edition, revising the catalogue of paintings only, Hyperion, Paris 1937 (comprising editions in English, French, and German)
3rd edition, edited since 1961 by a committee initially including J. G. van Gelder, W. Jos de Gruyter, A. M. Hammacher (chairman), Jan Hulsker and H. Gerson, in 1962 joined by Annet Tellegen-Hoogendoorn, later by Martha Op de Coul and, due to time passing, by others

J.-B. de la Faille: Les faux Van Gogh, avec 176 réproductions. Les Éditions G. van Oest, Paris & Bruxelles, 1930

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