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Collecting on the Cheap: American Impressionists

John Chaski

"American Impressionists" and "Bargain Basement" may not be two things you see together in one sentence often, but I speak from experience.  Our bedroom is done in American Impressionists that may not have been really dirty cheap, but we love them.

Katharine Farrell, oil on canvas, circa 1910

Katharine Farrell, oil on canvas, circa 1910

This little landscape was bought in Hagerstown, MD out of a group shop for $575.  The frame is original and the painting is in beautiful condition.  Farrell trained in Philadelphia, which is somewhat local so that's cool.  More importantly, it's a beautiful painting of high quality and it makes us happy.

Frank Cohen Kirk, oil on canvas, circa 1940.  Photo Courtesy: Pook & Pook, Inc.

Frank Cohen Kirk, oil on canvas, circa 1940.  Photo Courtesy: Pook & Pook, Inc.

This next one can cover a lot of holes in the plaster if you need it to.  36" square without the frame!  $510 from Pook & Pook in 2014.  I've always loved this type of still life painting.

Elizabeth Washington, pastel on paper, circa 1915

Elizabeth Washington, pastel on paper, circa 1915

We had this great little pastel in our house for a long time before Kate Avery of Heir & Space bought it from us.  I'm not going to blow her cover but let's just say it cost less than a moderately fancy dinner for two.  But enough about me, how about some paintings you can buy right now?

Nobody does bargains like Etsy.  $115!  Spoiler alert, the painting on the back is better.

Nobody does bargains like Etsy.  $115!  Spoiler alert, the painting on the back is better.

Carl Illig, New York.  This is late but pretty pleasant and big for the money at 18x24.

Carl Illig, New York.  This is late but pretty pleasant and big for the money at 18x24.

Prefer to roll the dice at auction?  Here's a still life that's at $12.50 with one day left!  Great original frame.

Prefer to roll the dice at auction?  Here's a still life that's at $12.50 with one day left!  Great original frame.

Fannie Woodruff, Massachusetts, 1898

Fannie Woodruff, Massachusetts, 1898

We all missed the boat on that last one at $72.  Oh well, just look at it as an example of the bargains that are possible.  Get out there and buy something you love!