The story of the most admired and most feared art merchants of the century.
What do we know about the Wildensteins? The name is associated today with one of the biggest tax frauds of the decade, one of the blackest files of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, evoking strong connections between him and rich donators to his UMP political party.
Beyond the financial stakes, the story of this dynasty is as fascinating as it is unsettling. Who knew that the Wildensteins had the power to validate or refuse an expertise of a Monet, a Manet or a Gauguin? Who knows what comprises their vast riches? Rumor has it they own more than 10,000 masterpieces and know more than a few secrets about French art collectors.
Magali Serre gives us an intimate look at this fabulously wealthy clan who pay no heed to geographical borders or the limits of the law.