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One of the things I have always loved about Degas' paintings is that they so accurately portrayed his subject matter. His studies of members of the ballet corps at the old Paris Opera gave you the feeling of being right there in the rehearsal hall with them. You could almost smell the resin. Degas loved the ballet, as did many Parisians, and he subscribed to it. In those days subscribers to the ballet were free to visit backstage, rehearsal rooms, dancers' dressing rooms and the stage wings. They could, in fact, go almost wherever they chose and Degas took full advantage of this. His sketch books were filled with drawings of dancers, musicians, dance masters, and his paintings, done in his studio, were based on these sketches. When I visited L'Opera, the first time, I felt as though the building was filled with ghosts of dancers past; you could feel them everywhere---or was it just my imagination. Degas had made it all so very real and I could not separate his paintings from the reality of time and place. I kept expecting a young woman, in her pink satin slippers and tutu, to pop out of a dressing room, momentarily, as we toured the back stage area. It didn't happen. I wished it had.

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G. An Easel Box: "Dancers at The Barre" by Edgar Degas.
This is a detail taken from the Degas painting and the same ballerina can be seen at the right in his painting "The Rehearsal". In the larger painting you can see the high arched French doors that let light and air into the rehearsal rooms and in this detail the effect of the light is clearly shown. Notice the dappled effect on the walls and flooring. Retail: Upwards of $213.00. Our price: $193.90. NEW and the next best thing to owning an original Degas.

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G1. The Degas Ballerina Box. Sculpted after one of his many paintings and sketches of ballerinas in repose, Parry Vieille has produced, in my opinion, one of the finest Limoges boxes I have seen. Rarely do you see a human figure done in the detail displayed in this box. The articulation is perfect, every part of her is well defined and the position of the body clearly shows a dancer, in repose, lost in her own thoughts. Inside the box, her ballet slippers, removable. Retail: Upwards of $235.90. Our price: $212.90.

G2. Degas Ballerina on a Heart Box. A detail taken from one of the many paintings and sketches done by Edgar Degas of the ballet corps of L'Opera Garnier in rehearsal. Inside, la danseuse at the barre. The clasp is unimportant to the box. Painted by Cardinet. Retail: $235.00. Our price: $212.90.

H. The “Arearea” by Paul Gauguin Box. Gauguin was a French painter who struggled for years to find the style that best expressed his view of life and the world. He found it, finally, in the simple life style of the Tahitian natives with whom he lived for some years.  Notice the flat look of his painting and the strength with which he used his colors.  He saw the world differently than most.  Almost simplistically, one might say and yet, arriving at that view of the world requires a quite complex way of thinking.This particular painting hangs in the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.  Inside the box,  watercolors and the paint brush needed for them.  The clasp is unimportant to the box.  Retail:  About $239.00.  Our price: $215.90.

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Van Gogh's "Cafe Terrace on La Place de Forum" framed on a Box. Painted in 1888 in Arles, France, the painting is a street scene of a typical French sidewalk café painted under a night sky ablaze with stars. This is the same painting as Item H but presented differently.  Here it is actually framed and comes with it's own small easel stand.  Inside, the artist's brushes, painted.  Retail:  About $213.00.  Our price: $192.90.   

About Vincent Van Gogh: After attempting several careers including selling art in a gallery and studying theology Van Gogh finally arrived at what was to become his life work--becoming an artist. From the beginning his aim was "confoundedly difficult;" he wanted to be an artist who "touched people." In his lifelong correspondence with his brother Theo he spoke of this repeatedly. Contrary to the impression of mental instability that has grown up around him he was a man of "pronounced intellectual tastes who spoke, in addition to his native tongue, English and French, fluently. He was "at home with the works of Shakespeare, George Eliot, Dickens, Balzac and Zola" and had an "enormous knowledge of art ranging from obscure to celebrated painters" over many centuries and from many lands. "Far from being the impetuous, mentally unstable painter of myth, for all but a few months of his working life Van Gogh could be numbered among the most industrious artists of his generation, as well as the most articulate."

Quotations taken from "Van Gogh's Van Gogh's," Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam by Richard Kendall.

I. An Easel Box: "La Yole" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This is a detail taken from a larger painting and, in fact, can also be seen in the painting "Oarsmen at Chatou" by Renoir. The upper portion of "Oarsmen" is almost this exact detail. Once again you can see how this group of artists strove to represent the differences created by time and light. For Limoges lovers, it will interest you to know that Renoir was born in Limoges in 1841 and when he was 13 years old he began work as a painter in a Paris porcelain factory.. It was there that he learned to use the light, bright, fresh colors that later distinguished his work. Retail: Upwards of $213.00. Our price: $193.90.

J. An Easel Box: "Dans La Prairie" by Pierre- Auguste Renoir. In the early days of the Impressionists Renoir was considered to be part of the movement. He painted, as the other Impressionists did, country scenes that were almost by design, meant to lure the Parisians into the country. The railroad had just opened the countryside to the casual day tourist, as well as the Impressionists, who painted the towns and villagers who lived close by the route of the railroad. Of course, that is hindsight. Probably the railroad opened the countryside to the artists and they painted what they saw, casual tourists who were there just for the day as they were, for the most part. The two young girls pictured are fashionably dressed, as tourists would be, and they are "In The Meadow" beneath a flowering fruit tree. Gardens had just begun to become really important to Parisians and the question is, did the Impressionists create the desire for landscaping or were their paintings meant to satisfy an already expressed need? Art historians like political historians have the benefit of hindsight. I have often wondered if they do not attribute actions of people to motives that might only have been discerned after the fact. It is like travelling a road for the second time; you know the way and what will be there when you get there. Retail: Upwards of $213.00. Our price: $192.90.

NOTE: All of the easel boxes have painter's palettes painted inside.

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