Archive for January, 2010

Valentine's day ideas

Commission a touching portrait for your loved one this Valentine's Day.

If you’re struggling to find a gift to give that special someone on Valentine’s day why not commission a portrait of the two of you together or an oil painting that captures a special moment that you both hold dear?  The good thing about commissioning a portrait for a loved one is that it does show that you have put time and thought into what to get them. An oil portrait is also something that is long-lasting as opposed to flowers or a box of chocolates. Our artists work from photographs that you email in so it will still be a perfect surprise.  To have a look at what other people have commissioned please take a look here.

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Klimt's Church in Cassone

Klimt's Church in Cassone

Klimt’s Church in Cassone (Landscape with Cypresses) is tipped to fetch over £15 million at Sotheby’s this February. The painting is being sold in what Sotheby’s describes as one of the most eye-catching sales of Impressionist art it has ever held and is conservatively valued between £15 -18 Million. I wonder how Christie’s is taking the news, by not having landed such a big sale and loosing out to their competitor.

As usual at Fabulous Masterpieces, you do not need to have a spare £15 Million pounds lying around if, like me,  you would love to buy this painting you can commission an oil painting replica of Klimt’s Church in Cassone in its original dimensions here.

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“How can you justify the claim that your replicas are Museum quality?” was a question I was recently asked by a journalist. Well, I replied, for starters some of our replica oil paintings are actually in museums!  Our oil painting replica of the Winter Queen (shown below) for example, is hanging up in the Hardy Amies museum in London.

"Winter Queen"

Fabulous Masterpieces' Oil Replica of the Winter Queen Hanging in Museum

There are quite a few reasons why museums commission replicas of their famous masterpieces, for example when they’ve loaned out paintings to other galleries and museums for an exhibition, something needs to be hanging up in that space as opposed to visitors looking at a blank wall.  Secondly, If a painting belongs to a private individual or an estate they may be disinclined to actually loan the painting for an exhibition due to insurance and safety risks.  A museum will therefore have to actually commission a replica as a substitute.

However, museums are not the only ones that are in need of art replicas.  We’ve commissioned a number of replicas now for people who have actually spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on original paintings at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and wanted fine art replicas of their masterpieces for their other houses. Also, if the pieces are exceptionally valuable, insuring these oil paintings come at a huge premium.  To lower costs a lot of customers prefer to keep their originals in the vault and display a replica.

So, in regards to the quality of our oil painting replicas I tell the journalist, if museums and actual owners of original masterpieces are extremely happy to buy and display our oil paintings then I think the term “museum quality” is certainly justified.

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Happy New year to you all!  A lot of things have been happening back at Fabulous Masterpieces HQ and in the art world that we’d love to share with you, which is why we’ve decided to start a proper blog!  I’m going to post and  update you with lots of photos of our oil paintings and portraits, paintings that are being sold at auction and fun art news that you’ll find interesting. I’m also going to update you with what we’ve got planned for the year ahead. However, most importantly I’d also love to hear from you and find out what you would like to see and read about.  Also please feel free to post questions and comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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