Representative works that are not representative
With the painter Francisco Goya the case may be even worse. For some time, the "black paintings" have been viewed as his most quintessential works. Yet a Spanish scholar who has examined the matter thoroughly holds that the black paintings are not by Goya, and were created after his death.
A clue may come from Rabelais. Many, from Diderot to Le Corbusier, quote from his "Fifth Book." Yet most scholars view this last book as of doubtful authenticity. It may be that the forger understood Rabelais well enough to create a work that was even more "Rabelaisian" than the master's own handiwork.
Van Meegeren got away with his forged Vermeer "masterwork" for a time because critics viewed is as superbly Vermeerian. Conclusion--long live the pastiche!