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Old 09-17-2014, 09:40 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by EvilCookie View Post
Just curious to get people's opinions: do you think these paintings are pretty or tacky?
Leonid Afremov, oil on canvas, palette knife, buy original paintings, art, famous artists, biography, official page, online gallery, fall alley, autumn, park, landscape, trees, forest, leaf, garden, night, rain, outdoors, large artwork, fine

I want a big colorful piece of art to brighten up my very neutral dining room. I don't want to commit to anything expensive, but also don't want it to look tacky or cheap.
Personally these seem a bit tacky to me, but at the same time I can't help but love how they look, the colors are so pleasing and uplifting and I feel it would just make me happy to look at. But I don't want it to 'cheapen' our house.

Would these be considered in the same vein as Kinkade paintings we've discussed here a while ago?
And does anyone have suggestions for sources of nice colorful art, possibly abstract, that's not expensive yet not the $20 HomeGoods style, and that won't look dated in a few years?
It reminds me of the Roybal paintings they had at starving artist parties in the 1990s:

J Roybal Paintings, Painting by Roybal

I consider it on the same level as a Kinkade print.

When we were first decorating, I liked to use museum prints of famous works, like:

Grazing Horses IV (The Red Horses) - Franz Marc - WikiArt.org

I would go to the MOMA website and look at their prints:


With quality framing, you can have a really nice piece for under $200.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:51 PM
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It is garish, and trendy in my opinion. I don't think it will stand the test of time and you won't resell it for what you paid. I agree with Wmsn4Life museums have spectacular prints that can be framed and look great in your home.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:42 AM
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If you like it, and it goes with your home, pay for some quality framing and stick it on your wall.

You're the one that lives in your home and you're decorating it to your style, not that of occasional visitors.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:03 AM
Location: Chicago
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I like that style of painting and would hang it in my house. I guess it just goes to show how taste specific art is; I would never hang that horse painting linked above in my house. I don't live on a prairie and I don't like horses! If you like it, you should get it.

Personally, I would rather get something hand painted by an actual person than a print of something that was made by someone famous a hundred years ago. Every person in the universe seems to have prints of famous art; there's no intrigue there for me because they are so common now. I want something at least semi-unique. I'm sure people think the art I have in my house is horribly tacky since I painted most of it myself. That said, when we sold our last house the buyers wanted every single painting I did and, oddly enough, didn't want the 2 professional paintings we had that we had paid quite a bit of money for! So, I guess I'll just count that as a win and forget what everyone else thinks.
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