From a Q & A with Hailey Lind, author of Shooting Gallery and Feint of Art:
Q: Why the interest in art fakes?Read the entire Q & A.
Hailey: I learned to paint by copying other artists, primarily classical artists. I then got interested in “ageing” my paintings so that they would look genuinely old. A visitor to my Berkeley studio once asked me if a little Vermeer I had painted was real (I told her if it were, I would have sold it and moved to the Bahamas years ago!) But I started thinking about the line between forging for profit and copying for fun; and about the temptations for starving artists to cross that line.
See: The Page 69 Test: Shooting Gallery.