Elmyr De Hory was born in Budapest, Hungary. DeHory studied at Akademie Heinmann art school in Munich under Fernand Léger. A Jew and homosexual, he was imprisoned in Germany where his health declined. He escaped from a prison hospital and slipped back into Hungary. Later he moved to Paris and, unable to make a living as an artist, found that he had an uncanny ability to copy the works of noted painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, and Renoir.
During his art career, he claimed to have sold over a thousand forgeries to art galleries all over the world. His forgeries gained much fame from a Clifford Irving book, "Fake!" and from a documentary film by Orson Welles called "F for Fake." About 1
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