Why Should You Buy Art

I belong to a few social media groups that allow members to re-sell items no longer needed or wanted. I’ve noticed that men tend to sell video games and game equipment, and women sell purses. I started asking myself, why did they purchase them in the first place if only a few months later, their perceived value is gone? Why did they value those items in the first place?

I think for guys, its the thrill of the hunt. Getting the newest, latest game gives them a rush of excitement, and then the adrenalin rush of conquering the game.  Once the newness wears off the thrill is gone- besides, there are NEW games to conquer!

Even being a woman, I truly don’t understand the craze of buying expensive purses. I mean really…. $200 for a fabric purse? From what I’ve read on the seller’s description, getting that designer name in the ad is the key selling point. If this designer label is so important, why did they fall out of love with their purchase and want to re-sell it just a few months later for 1/2 of what they paid? I guess it’s no longer the latest fashion.

Art doesn’t go out of style.  In 1984, I worked at F. W. Woolworth’s and I saw 2 poster prints that I fell in love with,  both by Alan Krosnick.  “Brunch At The Inn” and “Picnic By The Water”  I was making about $3.50/hr and the $6.00 price on each was an expensive purchase for me back then. I decided to buy them anyway because, even though I was barely able to buy groceries, the images took me to beautiful places. I often said “no” to myself out of necessity, but this time this one purchase made me feel heard and valued.
I couldn’t afford to have them framed, so I left them in the shrink wrap packaging and used thumb tacks to hang them in my tiny apartment.  After I got married and moved to Germantown MD, they hung the same way in our new apartment, until my then-husband Harry had them framed.  He hated the shrink wrap and cardboard backer board, but I didn’t mind. I loved those pictures.   Flash forward to 2013. I’ve since divorced and remarried and moved to a house in the country.  Now, I can sit in my dining room and look at those “expensive” pictures I purchased nearly 30 years ago and still imagine eating croissants and sipping wine in a French Cafe on a rainy afternoon, or fishing in a little boat and having a lazy, peaceful picnic in the sun. I get lost in them and they lift my spirits. I am still heard and I still feel the value that I placed on myself all those years ago, making minimum wage working in a Five and Dime.

What treasure did you buy yourself? Do you allow yourself to be heard?  How does a beautiful piece of art affect your daily life?  Let me know your experience!

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8 Responses to Why Should You Buy Art

  1. Barbara Becquiot, Bourgogne France says:

    Hi Jen,
    I’m sitting in the kitchen of an 1840s cottage on the edge of a forest in Northen Burgundy, sipping coffee (no croissants this morning). I happened onto your blog, Carl as Jung might say these things “happen”, searching out Alan Krosnick, whom sadly, unless like Sixto Rodriguez, passed away but maybe only in myth? I have had a reproduction by Alan called “Cheese and Wine” that has been hanging above my fireplace for many long years and finally sparked my curiosity.

    I’m originally from the SFBA, but have lived and taught in France since 1965. I officially retired from the public school system here in 2006 after a return trip back to the West Coast from 1996-2002 to get something called my “roots” back. Our daughter chose to remain in France, but our son followed me and settled in my hometown of Santa Rosa (Sonoma Country) where he is raising a family.

    I appreciated the comment in your profile concerning “decision making”. I’m finally giving in to realy stopping teaching just to write and paint – with 70 years behind and and not 70 before such decisions can become useful? I can’t send you a virtual croissant, but you’ll find some of my recent articles on Bonjourparis.com and, if you like, we can keep in touch. I’m sure Alan would appreciate, if only by the fact that the photo I have shows a very dusty bottle of French wine and fruit on a typically French marble top surrounded in the background with cheese and fruit. I bought it for 50 cents at Emmaüs, the equivalent of St Vincent de Paul’s, down the road.
    Best regards,

  2. Trish says:

    jennifer , I also purchased the poster “picnic on the water ” . Loved it as I also lived on a small lake. My print which I had in a frame faded from time and sun. Can’t seem to find another. Any suggestions ? Trish

    • Hi Trish,

      I’d try google search or on eBay to find a copy of it. It is beautiful and I still treasure mine! If you do find another, be sure to frame it under UV protective glass so that you can enjoy it for many years without fading.

  3. Trish says:

    Hi Jennifer, Yes I am sorry I didn’t think of UV glass as it was displayed in my solarium room . Thanks for the suggestions. I tried different poster web sites but it was “out of stock”.

    • MLBatistoni says:

      Trish, I recently purchased a beautifully framed poster of Picnic by the Water. If you are still interested, let me know. It’s framed in oak but I’ll sell it with or without the frame.

  4. tish diaz says:

    Alan Krosnick is/was my brother-in-law. I used to walk into malls in LA when I was in college down there and see his posters for sale. Those two you have were extremely popular. How cool that you still have them. I have his gladiolas framed on my wall.

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