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July 16, 2015

Did you save your children's art work from Kindergarten?  I wonder
if mothers of The Masters and other great artists saved their early efforts.

Guess who this notebook belonged to:

Paul Gauguin!  It's one of his portfolios of watercolors, charcoal
and graphite.  The outer cover is bound in leather and inscribed
in pen and ink.  The book dates to 1894 and is in very good condition.
This is also one of Gauguin's palettes. Such beautiful
works began on this simple slab of wood.

Here are other palettes that belonged to great artists:
Eugene Delacroix, 1798-1863

Edgar Degas, 1834-1917

Georges Seurat, 1859-1891

Claude Monet, 1840-1926

Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890

Another vanGogh palette on display

Gustave Moreau, 1826-1898 

Wassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944

Paul Cezanne, 1839-1906

A pallet and paint box belonging to Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919

Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881

Humble beginnings for the world's most beautiful art.

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding post today.
    I adore the Kandinsky, Seurat and Monet the best
    The van Gogh looks like his paintings.

    cheers, parsnip