Smiling Girl

The Smiling Girl, thought to be by Johannes Vermeer, was donated by collector Andrew W. Mellon in 1937 to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Now widely considered to be a fake, the painting was claimed by the Vermeer expert Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. in a 1995 study to be by a 20th-century artist and forger, Theo van Wijngaarden, a friend of Han van Meegeren.[1]

Smiling girl
Smiling girl (Fake Vermeer).jpg
ArtistUnknown artist, maybe Theo van Wijngaarden
Yearc. 1925
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions41 cm × 31.8 cm (16 in × 12.5 in)
ConditionNot on View
LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ Vrij Nederland, February 26, 1996, p. 35–69.
    - Vermeer: Erroneous Attributions and Forgeries