“The fun in selling our original art is that it mostly goes to people with fond memories of growing up with the reproduction hanging on their wall. Our paintings feel familiar because they are.”
Vivien Bonnist Cord
In my early twenties, I took a solo trip to Paris. I spent two weeks walking around the city, meeting interesting people from all over the world, visiting museums, experiencing beautiful art and architecture. I met an artist in a park who saw me drawing and he drew my picture. I fell in love with Paris, as most people probably do. But I have always felt a special connection to it. I used to dream of Paris and those dreams were the most magical, the most special.
I saw a reproduction of this painting and it caught my attention. It combines Paris with another love of mine, mid-century art. But before I clicked to buy, out of curiosity I googled the artist and came across your site which was selling the original. It seemed serendipitous.
Now I have a view of Paris (by F. Depresle) from the office in my small house in Minnesota and can dream of the day I return.
As for why I purchased the Red Boat and the yellow Montez cityscape… there are several reasons. You can partly credit my mother for taking me to museums when I was a boy to see art. I would take her to see museums in whatever city I was living in. She would look at prints for works that inspired her in some way. At some point, I began to go to the museum shops to purchase lithographs because they were more affordable on a college “wage.” I remember seeing the De Cachard painting and wishing to purchase it but not having the money at the time – probably at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. I don’t remember where I saw it.
I love the de Cachard work. It tells a story of love and hope to me. It makes me think of family and sacrifice for the ones we love. It makes me think of longing to see loved ones. I left my family on the East Coast for the military when I was 18 and haven’t been home very often since. Over the years, my wife and I have also had to travel for work and remain connected. The work reminds me of the importance of family despite the distance.
The Montez is for my home office. I do like the piece and it will help me remain focused and cheery. I discovered a lithograph of the work, which is what brought me to your site. It has a brightness that is needed in the gloom and rain of the Pacific Northwest.
To my wife, I’m rationalizing that I’m buying the art for our new house. It is really for my family, for my wife and girls. I would like my girls to grow up in a home of culture, history, and beauty that is often forgotten in our society. The “actual” human story is often missing in public discourse and consumer culture and I want my girls to be exposed to what is “real” so they can grow up to enjoy the small things and have perspective on what the important matters really are.
Thank you for this opportunity to buy this painting.
If the photo comes through, you can see my Grandmother standing in front of the same painting.
When my sister and I were little, our lives were a bit turbulent. Our Grandma and Grandpa’s house was a sanctuary for us. I used to sit and stare at this painting, wondering where the roads went, what was in the woods and mountains in the background – what the inside of the Inn looked like…
Our grandparents have long since passed away, and my sister and I miss them greatly. Their house was torn down and we don’t have that place to go back to anymore. I’ve been looking for this painting for a long time as a way of keeping my grandparents memory alive. But, I had no idea how to find it.
Yesterday, my sister sent me the picture of my Grandma, and I told her how much I loved the painting in the background and that I had been looking for it for years. She posted the picture on a website and asked if anyone knew anything about the painting. Someone responded with the name of the painting and artist. She then found the painting for sale on your site and sent me the link.
Yesterday was a very happy day for me, thank you for making it possible.
I have seen a reproduction of this piece in a friends home for some years now and to think I could have the original would be awesome!
It has been an adventure to get the two decorative paintings, “Tending His Flock, and “Watermill” by August Albo.
“Tending His Flock” is the best impression of Jesus I have ever seen. “Watermill” reminds me of the backroads I accidentally happened upon driving from Germany to France. Having these actual paintings, from the same artist, who painted our family’s favorite print my grandpa had is amazing!
Getting the original “Mountain Cottage”, by Monetti, was a bonus find. My mom had bought it at the green stamp store as a canvas print, and it was lost to the farm.
The original hangs proudly in my house now, the same as the canvas print did in the house I grew up in! I believe the two additional mountain scenes you are about to send were painted by Monetti also. The mountain looks identical to the one in “Mountain Cottage” and the shingles are identical on one of the cabins.
I like to think his paintings are an impression of real places.
P.S. – Still trying to figure out a way to buy the original of the print by August Albo “Free As the Wind” my grandpa hung on his wall all my life!
I received the painting today. It came undamaged and looks great. Thank You.
Wow – I can’t believe how big it is. The one hanging on my wall as a child was about 11 x 14 or so. Wow! I LOVE IT!
Thanks for the note Vivien! We’ve had the reproduction of this work for a long time and are excited to own the original.
The painting arrived just fine and I am super happy with it! It’s in great condition, I greatly appreciate the letter and all your help with this transaction. Thanks again and I will keep your website in mind for future purchases, I’ve noted a lot of lovely pieces that are for sale.
I was reading your testimonials page and that’s exactly how I feel.
My grandparents had a reproduction of this Spanish Market painting in their house, which I visited often while growing up. I always admired it, but I didn’t get the copy when the house was sold, so I’ve been looking online to see if another copy of it would turn up.
I never thought in a million years that the actual original would ever be available that I might purchase it. I was beside myself when I discovered your website last weekend!
What is so special about this painting is that my Uncle had the print in his home for years until he just passed away and his daughter inherited the print. This painting looks so much like my uncle and that’s why my aunt bought the print. After all these years I can not believe I would be able to own the original.
The painting arrived today and I am overwhelmed with emotion, it is like you gave my uncle back to me. My Uncle Tom passed away a few months ago and what are the odds that in my search for a print I would find the original as if it was waiting for me as if I won the lottery, so amazing to see something that old in such magnificent condition and so nice to see my Uncles face looking at me again every time I look at it, there is something special about a painting that a picture cannot do justice, I wanted to thank you your sister and brother for parting with your Fathers collection from what I read he sounded like an amazing man and brilliant entrepreneur, the joy that you guys are bringing to families is something you all should be so proud of.
Still hard to believe you had that Mountain Cottage by Monetti also, that hung in our house growing up, holding out a glimmering chance to buy your Free as the Wind someday.
While it’s not financially smart for me to consider purchasing original art, I honestly cannot see these two paintings go to anyone else. If someone else purchases them, I will regret it for the rest of my life. I have literally been dreaming of owning the original of the girl with the flowers for over 10 years and I used to have a print of the little boy in my bathroom in college. These prints have always been very special to me and owning the originals would bring me joy on a daily basis.
The paintings arrived today. They are so beautiful. So very beautiful! I’m just giddy with happiness. Thank you again for working with me, shipping them so well and … thank you for the paintings. I love them! This was such an indulgence for me and I’m swimming in the pleasure of it!
I’ve been in touch with Elmore Brown’s family – trying to learn a little more about him. He was so talented.
Thank you again!
The last Lex Gonzalez and Shi velvet paintings arrived a few days ago. Thanks again for the ease and expedited professional handlings in these sale transactions. The paintings were all as described and shown in your website and I am very happy with the price and condition that they arrived.
My Father has had a framed print of this painting from the early 70s. It been to Seattle, Ireland, back to Seattle and now its with him in Arizona. It’s pretty cool to get the original for him.
I must tell you that when I was 12 – 13 years of age, a couple of family members and I went to a local store to purchase a mothers day gift. This happened in 1972. The store’s name was Coronet. We all chose our own unique gift for my mother. I picked the reproduction of the painting I just bought from you. The cost was $15.00 dollars. Both of my parents are now deceased and most of my family members have gone their own way, the copy of the painting is still hanging in one of the walls. I managed to fix the frame that came apart and although the image has faded, i was able to restore some of the colors by spraying it with a clear coat of spray paint. Even though the print has faded, was in storage in the back shed, and the frame came apart I have not been able to part with it because it still represents a glimpse into a time and place in my past.
Sarah, a resident of Arizona, is comparing her Donald Art Company reproduction with her newly purchased Ozz Franca “Big Eyes” painting. Sarah, a collector, is proud to say that she now owns all four originals from this series.
I saw a reproduction of this work in a thrift store about ten years ago. I noticed it but didn’t purchase it, went home, and later that night had a very intense dream featuring the painting so I went back to the thrift store the next day and bought it. It didn’t have the title listed or any other information besides “Carter.”
I could tell it was a reproduction and it’s been a mystery to me who Carter was and where the original painting was for the past ten years. During that time I would see other reproductions of it around, in hotels, it’s in the background of an episode of the Sopranos, office lobbies etc. But I could never figure out where the painting had come from—until this past weekend when I stumbled on that copyright information which led me to the website and finally to the original. So yes, there is a form of sentimental attachment and the mystery of the painting has been rather exhilarating.
Now I just need to figure out who Doris Jean Norman aka Carter was and see if she, or her family, might have any insight into the creation of this painting!
Thanks again Vivien, I’m very excited to finally own this piece of art.
I have four of his pictures, two of Colorado and two southwestern themed pictures. Us bank has about 17 of his pictures, 5 in storage and 12 on display in two branches. I used to manage one of the branches that had his pictures and lots of people love them but we never knew his first name. One day a customer came in and told us his first name as he used to live next door to his wife after he passed. Since then I have been collecting what I can find online. (Adam purchased 11 original paintings by Richard Shell).
I was at an antique store yesterday and they had a horse on top of a bookshelf. It looked awesome and then I saw it was $500…I didn’t love it that much….so I decided to look online and just googled primitive horses and came across yours. There were a lot out there but when I saw yours, I knew that was the one I wanted….it is going to look awesome on my bookshelf….or hutch….or fireplace mantle. Excited to get it. Yes, I know it has age and wear & tear, that’s what I liked about it. I will let you know when it arrives! I have plenty of food & water for the feeding 🙂
I got the horse today….I LOVE it! Proudly sitting in the living room for all to admire!
I have received the painting in good shape. Thank you very much for the letter about the Donald Art Company. Ironically, I found a print of this exact painting in a thrift store and bought it several years ago. I fell in love with it and resolved to find a real Stareck. I never dreamed I would find the original of the painting I fell in love with in the beginning.
I received my Guy Coheleach painting yesterday, and it arrived safely!
You are right the tag on the back is truly unique. A lot of people do not know that Abercrombie & Fitch were true Adventure outfitters and not the teenage brand they have tragically become. I am a big reader of African safari literature: Capstick, Hathaway, Hemingway, Roosevelt, and Ruark. On occasion, they will mention A&F. I have an old A&F safari jacket as well. Then to learn the artist was trampled by an elephant in Africa just adds to the provenance of having such an interesting, original artwork.
I have an equestrian background. So I am very picky when it comes to having horse artwork. They have to look like horses! Picasso gets a pass with his Don Quixote drawings. There are only a few artists that capture the spirit of a horse that I would put on my wall. Guy Coheleach did an excellent job with the horse’s eyes. Which is what attracted me to the painting. Then the A&F tag was just icing on the cake.
I noticed you have some Rico Tomaso paintings. I especially like the ones with the lady playing the guitars. Would love to get one of those soon!
Thanks for everything!
I’m so glad this is happening! I will tell you I purchased this print over 25 years ago, I was young and naive and was told that it was oil on canvas. I knew nothing about art. When I got it home and friends saw it, they knew it was a print. I felt so embarrassed and have always felt duped. So, all these years later I will feel rewarded for holding on to it and enjoying it as I have even though it wasn’t the painting. To be young and stupid!
(Pictured: Dennis with his original and his copy. The original Jack Laycox is the unframed bright painting.}