Saturday, April 2, 2011

An object of beauty


I am currently enjoying one of my Christmas gifts, "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin. It's the story of a girl fresh out of college navigating the art world of New York City from inside the walls of Sotheby's. You are given the insiders view you always wanted of the glamorous life of art buyers and sellers. An educational anecdote about every piece is like a bonus as well as images of the actual pieces included in the pages. It's like Art History class without the required memorization of dates. The main character eventually becomes fascinated, almost obsessed, with buying and owning a few extravagantly expensive paintings herself. It's like the game you play after walking the galleries of an art museum, "Which one would you take home?", but for real.

Personally, I like owning recreations of some of my favorite pieces. From trips to art museums in different cities, I have picked up small recreations of Monet and Klimt—two of my favorite artists. However, sometimes these small printed recreations lack something—a hand touch. So when I was recently contacted by CheapOilPainting.com, I was more than excited to talk about their services. Their Oil Painting Reproductions are guaranteed to be painted 100% by hand. Currently, readers of the Cosmopolitan Clevelander can get 15% off a purchase by using the code SAVE15. If you have a room that needs some brightening or an empty wall that needs filling, I hope you can take advantage of this offer. As you browse the selection, please feel free to let me know: "Which one would you take home?" Here are some of my favorites:



Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post.

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