ART - not just pretty pics

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Art is big big money and therefore should interest any of you guys.
Not only do pictures by famous artists tend to appreciate in value, they also go in and out of fashion. Their value is determined in the general market by auction and on appraisal by experts. There is of course only a limited number of pictures that any one artist can paint, which raises their worth especially when the artist dies.
This picture by Claude Monet is worth millions of £s
 

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Do put up your favourite pics whether ancient or modern. I personally like The Impressionist school of art.
 

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Here's one from the Society of Wild Life Artists that I bought with my pocket money from trading:

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Not worth millions (yet) but you can buy art for investment and/or pleasure. After a while it can become like trading where the pleasure of a good trade outweighs the monetary gain (provided you're not skint of course!)
 
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The trouble with the art market is that except for acknowledged works the market is a bit illiquid. I know from first hand experience how hard it is to get started. It takes more than talent.
The Saatchi model is interesting and he made many millions from it. He sought out unknown artists with talent and bought their entire collection cheaply. Then he would exhibit the new talent in his prestigious galleries at vastly inflated prices.
 

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As someone once said, an appreciation of art is the difference between a savage and a civilized person.
 

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Here's one from the Society of Wild Life Artists that I bought with my pocket money from trading:

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Not worth millions (yet) but you can buy art for investment and/or pleasure. After a while it can become like trading where the pleasure of a good trade outweighs the monetary gain (provided you're not skint of course!)
Just as a matter of interest in the smaller market for art.
Is the artist well known ?
How long ago was it painted ?
what did you pay for it, if you don't mind my asking ?
It's value has probably risen as has everything else.
It has a very nice oriental stylised look.
 

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Just as a matter of interest in the smaller market for art.
Is the artist well known ?
How long ago was it painted ?
what did you pay for it, if you don't mind my asking ?
It's value has probably risen as has everything else.
It has a very nice oriental stylised look.
A leading artist in the wildlife world. She is an expert at linocut prints. Very much sought after - limited runs of never more than 40 but often less due to mechanics of reproduction. This one her latest & introduced only a few weeks ago and nearly sold out already. Specialises in Norfolk scenes. Prices very reasonable - around the £300 area. I have a reasonably large collection of her work which is always in demand secondhand but I keep them because I like them.
Website here: http://www.maxangus.co.uk/index.html (unfortunately most sold out but website doesn't tell you that)

Other good artists here: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/cli...MainAdvert&gclid=CPDXzIeD4NACFQoB0wodF18Byg&f[0]=field_medium%3A44&f[1]=field_subject%3A46
 
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Another fine Norfolk (and Shetlands) landscape artist is Nicholas Barnham - watercolours and prints. He's now an elderly gentleman and I've been collecting him for years - prices now increasing and original work much sought after secondhand. Angus & Barnham's Norfolk work is visually complementary (IMHO). Myself & her ladyship have always bought art (we do art deco stuff also!) that we like: if it increases in value then that's a bonus. Difficult to go wrong if you buy quality (the art-collecting millionaires of this world aren't stupid are they?) unless, for some reason it goes out of fashion. But if you like it - who cares?
 
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Living in Cornwall I am quite close to that centre of art in St. Ives.
Prices aren't cheap though.
 

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For something different I like the Spanish artist Miro. I have a couple of prints in this style and they really brighten up the wall on a dull winter day – not everyone's cup of tea I suspect though. Shame my prints aren't originals (even the lithos were quite expensive) because I suspect they would be worth a bob or two by now! (As I tell the few artists I know: you've got to be dead before you can become famous).
 
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