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I was 12 years old when I saw a painting that was to influence me for the rest of my life. I had been taken to The Museum of Modern Art in New York where Vincent Van Gogh's "Vase with Sunflowers" was on display. I was so awestruck by this brilliant canvas that I never forgot it. It made an art lover out of me and so I have remained to this day. A day spent wandering through a museum is a day of soul renewal for me. If art delights and inspires you as it does me then you will enjoy these "details" taken, some, from very famous paintings and some, from not very famous paintings but all reminiscent of great art and great artists.

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A. Claude Monet's Les Nymphéas, Paysage d'Eau, The Water Lilies , an easel box.

Monet from 1899 until the end of his life painted, almost exclusively, his Water Garden at Giverny. Of the water lilies alone there are more than 30 paintings not including his paintings of the Japanese Bridge which also include water lilies. He said of his garden, "It took me some time to understand my water lilies....I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I was growing them without thinking of painting them. A landscape doesn't get under your skin in one day. And then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was. I took up my palette. Since then I hardly have had any other subject." What he painted in this series, again and again, were the reflections of everything about, on the water surface, often reflecting the depth of the water as well. Although the paintings were all of the Water Garden they were, in fact, quite different and if you look at several of them displayed together, as I had an opportunity to do at The Chicago Art Institute Monet Retrospective, several years ago, you can see how meaningful the differences are. Monet died in 1926 having produced a huge body of work for all the world to enjoy. His paintings are in every major art museum in the world. The painting stands on a metal easel with an artist palette and separately the artist's paint box with 2 tubes of paint, removable. Retail: $275.00. Our price: $248.90.

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B. Renoir's The Boating Party Luncheon: An Easel Painting with Painters Palette and Paint Box.
Chanille has done a particularly fine job, giving us an actual artist's easel with a tiny shelf holding the palette and below the painting another shelf holding the paint box. Inside the paint box are the paints, thinner, linseed oil and brushes, all painted. Notice that above the easel is a light that arches out over the "canvas". The work on the painting itself is remarkable. In this minute space all of the details of the original painting are able to be seen About the painting: painted in 1881 it was one of the paintings shown at Renoir's solo exhibition held at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris 1883. This was the exhibition that established Renoir firmly as one of the greats of Impressionism. Notice particularly the bare arms and faces of the characters in the painting. Renoir's mastery of skin tones and texture was unsurpassed His works hang in major museums the world over. This painting hangs in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D. C. Retail: About $315.00. Our price: $283.90.

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C. Renoir's "Girl With a Watering Pail" Easel Box.
Complete with its own dimensional artist's paint box and a dimensional palette and brush. A remarkable copy of Renoir's famous painting, the original hangs in The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and was given us by Chester Dale, a celebrity figure in entertainment during the first part of the twentieth century. Renoir painted this in 1876 and it was exhibited at Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris at Renoir's first one-man exhibition. At the time this was painted, Renoir was a struggling artist whose work had not yet been accepted by the public. It is thought that he did this portrait of the child to enable him to get some portrait commissions. For whatever reason it was painted, it is one of his masterpieces and we are the beneficiaries of his genius. Retail: About $295.00. Our price: $266.90.

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D. Vincent Van Gogh's Iris in a Vase, an easel box.
Van Gogh had the same predilection for painting iris as Monet had for painting water lilies. He painted several canvases with iris in various settings, nowhere near as many canvases as Monet did of water lilies but then, Van Gogh died as a young man and Monet lived to a ripe old age. As well, Van Gogh was mentally ill and confined for periods and he did not produce anything like the body of work produced by Monet. Sadly, in his lifetime, Van Gogh went unrecognized as the great painter he was. Success came posthumously. Unfortunately, that has often been the case with painters. For some reason their genius goes unrecognized until they are gone. The painting stands on a metal easel with the artist's paintbox and palette attached and inside the paint box his paints. Retail: About $275.00. Our price: $248.90.

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D2. Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers, an easel box.
In the lead in paragraph on this page I spoke about having seen this painting when I was just a child and how much it has influenced me in my life. I am sure that most, if not all, of you are familiar with it and perhaps, even love it as I do. On the chance that this is so, here it is for your enjoyment. Wouldn't it be fun to own this and have it to look at all of the time? It is arguably Van Gogh's most famous painting and each time I have seen it, the crowds have been unbelievable with long lines waiting to view it. It hangs now in the Van Gogh Museum in Holland and I can't help but think -- here is a whole museum devoted to this genius painter and in his lifetime he was unable to earn enough to take care of himself. His brother, Theo, supported him for all of his adult life. Retail: About $275.00. Our price: $248.90.

Note: The catalogs mentioned above, "Van Gogh's Van Gogh" and "A Day in The Country" are both available at LACMA in Los Angeles.

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