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Traditional Art Gift Guide

I’ve been working with Art.com, and they’ve just released several gift guides for the holidays. I’m usually drawn to a quirky, modern style, but today I’m sharing my take on traditional art.

I chose each of these paintings (classics by the like of Manet and Whistler) because they excite me, but also because I could see them appealing to a wide range of people. I kept family members in mind, asking myself “would my mom like this? My grandma, or my uncle?” as my litmus test.

Traditional Art Gift Guide

  1. The Louvre and the Seine from the Pont Neuf, Morning Mist, 1902, Camille Pissarro

  2. Room of Flowers, 1894, Childe Hassam

  3. Branch of White Peonies and Secateurs, 1864, Édouard Manet

  4. Mother and Child on a Couch, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

  5. On the Beach, Edward Henry Potthast

  6. Venetian Canal, John Singer Sargent



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All-American Art

I saw the video below when I was in San Francisco a couple of months ago to meet with the Art.com team. It’s beautifully done, and the music swells at just the right point, but more than that, it shows how much pride they take in their framing process.

And here’s a bit of exciting news: Art.com is hosting a giveaway this week for a $500 shopping spree on their site! Follow them on Pinterest to be eligible and abreast of all the details.

Inspired by their American craftsmanship, I pulled together a few of my favorites from their Americana collection. (You know, so when you win that $500 shopping spree, you’ll have some ideas about what to get.)

  1. The Golden Nugget Gambling Hall Lighting Up Like a Candle (Eyerman)

  2. Man Waving from Empire State Building Construction Site

  3. Chicago, Illinois, 1941 (Rosskam)

  4. Coney Island, 1945 (Weegee)

  5. Passionate Couple Kissing in a Subway Car (Alan)

  6. Baptist Church



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We Are Art

I’m part of a group of 25 bloggers that are partnering with Art.com. We met up with their team in San Francisco last month, and we were all impressed with their new video (below). It’s pretty amazing.

(That kiss!)

Everyone in attendance chose a piece of art that they loved beforehand. I (coincidentally) chose something by Eisenstaedt, the same photographer that took the famous photo of the sailor and nurse kissing.

Uniformed Drum Major For University of Michigan Marching Band Practicing His High Kicking Prance - Alfred Eisenstaedt
Uniformed Drum Major For University of Michigan Marching Band Practicing His High Kicking Prance – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Each of our pieces were hung, gallery-style, in the San Francisco space of The Bold Italic. We took turns standing up to discuss why we chose what we did and I’m sure I gushed and stammered on when it was my turn, but the gist of it was that I love Eisenstaedt’s Drum Major photo because it makes me happy. It’s pure joy! I don’t know if that prancing drum major could exist in the same way today, but in that moment, those kids behind him think he’s the coolest person alive. I have a huge framed print of it coming my way, and I think it will go upstairs, near our bedrooms. I feel like that kind of joy needs to be around all of us.

Art.com just launched a major redesign, and we were able to discuss the changes they’ve implemented when we met with their team in San Francisco. Had you been on the old version of the site before? It was fine if you already knew what you wanted to find (they boast the world’s largest selection of art), but it wasn’t easy to browse and it wasn’t much to look at. The new site is gorgeous, and it’s set up for exploring and finding new art. I especially love the curated collections. I’m creating a gallery (you can too), and I’ll be sure to share it with you when it’s ready. Until then, I’m having fun adding to my virtual collection.



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