Friday, November 19, 2010

Faux ou Vrais

Joni from Cote de Texas has a very interesting post today. I spied the painting she showed in a recent post on David Easton, and loved it. 19C slightly mannerist. Her post is wonderful and tells the whole story; original in the Danish museum~
Photo: Cote de Texas.

This got me to thinking, and reminiscing. My favorite homme nu? I think I'd have to pick this one in the Louvre~
Hippolyte Flandrin. 1836. Homme Nu Assis au Bord du la Mer. Formerly of the collection of Napoleon III. Serene and beautiful.

In the Louvre, if you go on off days and off hours, you will see painters making reproductions. they are there under the auspices of the museum and they pay the museum to be there. One of the most popular, during my time, was this; Gilles aka Pierrot; Watteau circa 1718; seemed like this was endlessly copied and copied well~
If you could have any one painting reproduced, anywhere in the world, what would it be? I walked the grand halls of the Louvre and often asked myself this question. My choice would be these two Renaissance gents~ 15-16th C. This photo does not do them justice. This is the problem, can the reproduction ever ever capture the original? Yes, No, not really....
One of my favorite pieces is this one, by Fifi Flowers. To have a Fifi Original is a gift. It is one of my most treasured pieces of art~
Real, faux, children's art or oils, it's all fine as long as it speaks to you.

I have some reproduction pieces like this one; original is in Chateau de Fontainbleu. I love it as much as a "real" painting.
I have a weakness for portraits so that's what I love to see...
Photographs are always great; this one of me (r) and sis(l) is in sepia in my office.
What do you prefer, original or reproduction? If you could have just one piece reproduced from a a museum, what would it be?


  1. Oh I love it all, but the reproduction must be well done.

  2. Since I'm an artist I have my own art on my walls. I saw Julien Dupre, French, 1851-1910. The Gleaners (1880) in the Dallas museum of art years ago and fell in love with it. So I painted it as close as I could get for my wall, on of my favorite paintings.
    I purchased a water color from a 93 year old man in Jackson square New Orleans, he has painted in the sq. since the 40's. he was the most interesting man. Nestor Fruge. I plan to write about him on my blog soon.

  3. I like it all - original, reproduction, painting, photograph. It's how you put it all together that makes it sing. If I could reproduce on piece of art, it would be "Meeting on the Turret Stairs" by William Frederick Burton. I saw it in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and my heart stopped. The passion, love, despair and sadness in the painting just pulsates. Thanks for your wonderful blog! Maureen

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I did send you a close up pic of my mirror inset. I need to tablescape my new table, any ideas?

  5. I'd love an original Atkinson Grimshaw. He's one of my favourites. I'd also love to own Painter's Honeymoon by Lord Leighton. I stood in front of that one for hours once in London, just entranced by the green folds of her dress.

    Thanks for your visit and sweet comment! I've added you to my blog roll!