This afternoon, I went to Annie's Art & Frame in Ballard, and picked up our latest print. The print itself cost 245 GBP and framing was an additional $379 USD. We went with the double matte and an ornate frame, to give the piece a vintage look. The original work 'La Princesse de Broglie' was painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1853. I think the vintage frame compliments the modern take, of the colorful hand-finishing.
When I first purchased this piece, I wasn't aware that it was an Ingres. I had an idea that it was a modern take on an old painting, but had to Google to confirm. When I first found out, I was a little disappointed, as it wasn't an original piece. I started thinking about the topics of art vs. decoration and 'I could do that'.
Soozey Lipsey isn't the first artist to reuse an image and people said the same thing about Jackson Pollock (I could do that). This print is absolutely beautiful and although it's a copy of an Ingres, it's an original, as all 73 prints are hand-finished and unique. This is the perfect example of reworking an image and modernizing it. If Soozey used the Mona Lisa, it wouldn't have the same effect, as the image has been reused again and again. I think she did a great job with this piece and am happy to hang it on our wall.
Art isn't purchased at big-box stores. This blog is for collectors like me, who collect on a budget.