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Recently I found a group of art boxes that simply are some of the best that I have ever seen. They are all from the same maker and, from the quality of the painting, I think they are all done by the same porcelain artist. They are excellent copies, very faithful to the originals and the art work is extraordinary. Notice the background on the Van Gogh. The brush strokes are typical of his work and the same is true of the Modigliani. Really remarkable copies. Also, notice that each box is constructed in a manner that provides its own easel. As well, each box has details of other works of art by the same artist both inside the box and on the portion of the box that is shaped for the easel.

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L. The Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh Box.
Painted in 1888, this is one of a series of self portraits that Van Gogh painted in this period. He was unable to afford models because his sole source of income was the small stipend sent to him by his brother Theo. Instead, he depended, for inspiration, on his surroundings, his mirror, what food he had in his rooms -- all painted in still life. The easel has a detail of his painting, "The Bedroom" -- one of the chairs in the painting-- and inside the box is a detail from his "Sunflower" series. Retail: About $205.00. Our price: $185.90.

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M. Le Divan Japonais by Henri de Toulous-Lautrec Box.
One of many poster paintings done by Lautrec depicting life in Montmartre in the mid 1880's. Lautrec, who suffered a deformity of his legs due to a childhood accident, always composed his paintings so that legs were never visible. This has been thought to be the reaction to his own deformity but, in fact, what it allowed him to do was create the essence of movement and not be restricted by the actual depiction of it. His paintings and posters mirrored life in Montmartre and like the area they pictured, they vibrated with energy. His work disregarded perspective, dimension and anatomical correctness relying instead on intense color and a sense of movement resulting from the positioning of his figures. One gets the feeling, looking at his work, of action about to occur. Notice the woman's figure -- the right hand with the fan. Immediately you know that there is conversation going on and that she is pointing something out to her companion and you also know that there will be further movement. Remarkable what he was able to achieve just by suggestion. That was his genius. On the easel: the detail is Jane Avril dancing the can-can. Retail: About $195.00. Our price: $175.90.

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N.  Portrait of Jeanne Hèbuterne with Fan by Amedeo Modigliani.
One of a series of paintings of Modigliani's last mistress and the mother of his child.  Modigliani, born in Italy in 1884, started studying art formally at the age of 14 as a pupil of Giovanni Fattori, the leader of what was then the Italian Impressionist movement.  In 1902 he went to Florence to study and then to Venice where he fell in with members of what was to become the Futurism school.  It was there that drugs and drink became his life. He lived a wandering life, moving about a good deal, finally in 1909 settling in Paris where he started sculpting with stones stolen from buildings that were under construction. Periodically he became ill from the life of debauchery he chose to live each time becoming less able to recover. When he no longer had the strength to sculpt he returned to painting influenced heavily by the sculpture of Brancusi and by art work of Africa and Oceania he had seen in the Musée de l'Homme in  Paris.  In 1917 he met Jeanne Hèbuterne, a 19 year old French girl, and thus began the final chapter of his life.  They lived together producing one child whom his family adopted after his death. Modigliani died in 1920 and Jeanne, pregnant with a second child, killed herself two days after his death  Atop the easel back, another of his portraits and inside the box, his signature.  Retail: About $195.00.  Our price: $175.90.

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