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If you have noticed that almost all of our Museum of Art boxes are either Impressionist or Post Impressionist paintings then I think, perhaps, an explanation is called for.  It is quite simple, really.  That period of art has always been my preference going back to the very beginning of my love of art.  Van Gogh's remarkable painting "Sunflowers" was the first painting that I ever saw that caught at my heart strings and dating from the time I was 12, when I first saw it at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, I think I can honestly say that I have never seen an Impressionist painting that I didn't like.  That really holds true for the American School of Impressionists as well.  I love Maurice Prendergast and for much the same reason.  Looking at paintings that show the play of light and shadows and the effects of both on the subject matter is something that just intrigues me.  For some reason it makes me feel as though I am standing exactly where the artist was standing and that I am almost a part of the scene, that perhaps if the painting was painted from the opposite direction there I would be right in it, a part of it.  They are almost alive for me, more than just oils on canvas.  I  hope that they are that for you as well because the pleasure they offer is immeasurable.

R.  The Canotage by Edouard Manet Box.
 Another of the Impressionist painters, Manet, was one of the earliest of the Impressionists. As the others, in the mid 1800's most of these young artists lived in the city of Paris.  They frequented the Louvre which was "the heart of the new Paris", Paris just having undergone a complete demolition and rebuilding according to the plans of Baron Haussmann.  This is how and when those gorgeous avenues and marvelous parks evolved and it was during this time that Paris became the true center of the art world for what artist could resist such a beautiful city as Paris had become.  The train stations were glorified, the routes of the trains extended and enlarged, and the surrounding countryside was opened to the Parisians.  The Impressionists who had been painting Paris as the "city of light, atmosphere and space", now took to the countryside almost extending Paris itself.  Their early paintings of the villages  and towns surrounding Paris are some of their most famous. This one, by Manet, probably painted on the Seine just outside of Paris, now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Canotage translates to boating.)  If you have the opportunity to see this painting at "The Met" do notice how well the copying artist did his job.  The quality of the painting on this box is excellent. On the easel portion of the box, a figure from another Manet painting.  Retail: About $205.00.  Our price: $184.90.  This is our first offering of a Manet painting.

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S.  The Dancers at The Barre by Edgar Degas Box.  Another of Degas' insights into the world of ballet, something he loved almost as much as his painting.  Notice how perfectly the feet of the dancers are positioned and how meticulous this copyist has been about the play of light on these dancers.  In a larger painting that Degas did of this same scene, he incorporated the huge window that is just off to the right of where the dancers are doing their stretching exercises.  That is what lights this whole painting.  Degas, of course, was intrigued with the ballet and painted innumerable versions of the dancers.  He was a member of L'Opera Garnier  and had access to the rehearsal halls and the back stage of the ballet because of it.  On the easel, detail from another of his ballet paintings.  Retail:  About $205.00.  Our price: $184.90.  There is another version of this painting on an earlier Museum of Art segment.

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T.  The Young Girl Bathing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Box.  Renoir painted a series of bathers, this being one of them.  His forte and what he was best known for was his skin tones and here, clearly, one can see why that was the case.  He gave the skin a luminosity that no other artist achieved.  An interesting tale relating to Renoir started at the "Premier Exposition" which was the first public showing that the Impressionists sponsored themselves because of their rejection by "The Salon".  Renoir earned a total of 180 francs for his work sold at the Exposition. His painting "Loge" for which he was asking 500 francs did not sell. A short time later, in need of money for his rent, he offered and sold  "Loge" to an art dealer for 425 francs, the exact amount of his rent. Retail:  About $205.00.  Our price: $184.90.  This painting hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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