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  1. JoyDiffusion

    JoyDiffusion Senior member

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    An art gallery is not a flea market. It is not a good idea to throw a number out there because one man's respectable offer is another man's insult. Instead, say something along the lines of "I really like this etching, but it's a little out of my price range. Can you work with me on this?" Because you a first-time buyer who is buying one piece, it is unlikely that the gallery will give you a discount. I think it is quite possible that they will offer to let you pay off the piece in monthly installments, and pick it up once you have completed the payments.

    Good luck.


    Thanks for your advice, I definitely see how any offer I make could be insulting. Do you think I could say, "I really like the etching, but it's a little out of my price range... are you at all flexible on your asking price?" That way, it's more on their terms. Seems less... imposing.

    It's not so much that I can't afford it (so installments aren't necessary), it's just that I imagine I could get it cheaper at auction. That said, I don't want to wait 5 or 10 years for another to come up at auction (edition of 30), so if there's no way to do so, I'll probably just bite the bullet. I guess the gallery premium is justifiable for that exact reason.
     


  2. Ambulance Chaser

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    Thanks for your advice, I definitely see how any offer I make could be insulting. Do you think I could say, "I really like the etching, but it's a little out of my price range... are you at all flexible on your asking price?" That way, it's more on their terms. Seems less... imposing.
    I think this approach would be fine.
     


  3. Nouveau Pauvre

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  4. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

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    Is it tacky to only collect famous art pieces? I only own 3 prints and they are Paul Klee's Twittering Machine, Fernand Lager's The City, Gauguin's Where Do We Come From?
     


  5. Jokerman

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    All that matter's is that you like them. It's only tacky if you know nothing about the artist's or painting's.
     


  6. StephenHero

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    Is it tacky to only collect famous art pieces? I only own 3 prints and they are Paul Klee's Twittering Machine, Fernand Lager's The City, Gauguin's Where Do We Come From?

    A bit, quite honestly.
     


  7. nightrune

    nightrune Active Member

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    the first pieces of art i liked of the bat just by looking at them are impressionist paintings. anyways i'd like to know if there are any modern artists known for being contemporary impressionists. or is that a paradox? i seem to be interested in seascapes in particular.

    oh i forgot to ask for coffee table book recs of impressionists. i hope something that has most of their work but individual artists are good too.

    what do you think of portraiture from a living artist? tacky?

    i also saw this painting of the last emperor as a kid and i saw it again online from another vendor. are both fake?
     


  8. ConcernedParent

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    All that matter's is that you like them. It's only tacky if you know nothing about the artist's or painting's.

    I'm sure anyone that has ever attended college knows about Gauguin though.
     


  9. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

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    A bit, quite honestly.

    I guess it's like saying you have an affinity for jazz but only listen to Kind of Blue.
     


  10. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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    I guess it's like saying you have an affinity for jazz but only listen to Kind of Blue.

    Well the pieces aren't instantly recognizable to an art-boob like me. I mean, it's not like you have a print of Starry Night hanging up.
     


  11. StephenHero

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    I guess it's like saying you have an affinity for jazz but only listen to Kind of Blue.

    These people are my least favorite in the world. But anyway, I think there should at least be an intent to be honest with art. I want to own originals. Replicas aren't very interesting or redeeming, unless they were created with an intent of multiplicity. So unlike most I'd rather sacrifice quality of art before the authenticity of format, because art in the form of a poster undermines its value. When I first moved into my own place I wanted some art but had no money. I had a friend paint this exact image on a canvas she was going to throw out and then I had it framed. I still have it and I'm quite fond of it. It's 48" x 48". It's decent. [​IMG] I've had quite a few people ask who painted it under the assumption that it was to be taken seriously or done by a "real artist." I use the name of a fake Bulgarian conceptual artist "Asen Stoichkov."

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  12. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Well the pieces aren't instantly recognizable to an art-boob like me. I mean, it's not like you have a print of Starry Night hanging up.

    You also don't really have the artwork itself hanging up. A print of a painting is just a poster.

    If you only want famous art you'd do better looking at prints where originals tend to be more affordable (seeing as how they may have been part of a big run and not...a single painting) and reprints are at least similar instead of completely lacking brush strokes, depth, etc.
     


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  15. StephenHero

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    Big heist in Paris this past week. The Matisse is a bit sloppy to me, but the others are first rate representations of the artists. Nice haul. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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