Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reproduction Art?

What exactly is it? I run across this all the time on E-bay...beautiful pictures like this one..

..or this one which said reproduction oil...

..but I never quite know what it is. A painting over a print?

A copy of a famous painting?

..or just a print of an old master?The most frustrating part - usually these auctions are void of any good information about the origonal!

Oh well - they are still very beautiful!


Anonymous said...

It would be so hard to track these down; but if I were an art detective/expert, I certainly would! They are beautiful and I would love to see the origionals up close and personal. Phaedra96(google will not recognize my password---again.)

Oregon Equestrian said...

I assume reproduction art is just that...a mass-produced copy of an original piece.

The value would be in how well the reproduction was made (Cheap cardboard? Or museum quality stock?), or how plentiful the reproductions are (Limited editions? Or available in every Walmart?) The popularity of the subject matter also adds value (fox hunting prints would be popular with horse folks, dog folks, costumers, Anglophiles, etc.). And so forth.

Actually, the most valuable aspect of reproduction art may actually be in the frame. An old reproduction may be nice, but the antique frame may be worth even more.

The most important thing is to acquire what gives you enjoyment. It will be valuable to you. Any monetary value beyond that is a bonus.

Kaede said...

You can always as the seller what they call reproduction art. I was at a house party last year and the owner (a very wealthy man) and a beautiful reproductions of a little known Van Gogh (the art catalogues describe this painting as being in a private collection). The reproduction was an oil painting that matched the original stroke for stroke (recognizing Van Gogh's brush work is of the joys taking lots of Art History classes).
I complemented the owner on the lovely reproduction and he had commissioned the reproduction. It seems he owned the original and kept it in a safe, but what fun is art you never see? So he had a reproduction made for him to hang in his house.