Staff Picks: Best Holiday Art Gifts for 2021
You asked, and we listened! We have thousands of incredible fine art prints here on 1000Museums.com and many of you have emailed us to ask about our recommendations. When selecting a piece of art that will last generations, you want to find the perfect thing. And we get it! So we’ve put together a list of our staff’s favorite prints that may just help inspire you as you shop this season.
Carol’s Top Picks
I love Krasner’s bold color and strokes, how she used just two colors, three if you count the paper, to create such an exciting work. Her art was overshadowed by Jackson Pollock’s fame; it is hard to be married to a famous artist. Her work became larger when she began using his studio after he died in 1956. She is a great example on how space available can affect art produced. It is nice to see that she is finally being considered in her own right.
Smith loved to travel and met his wife, Elena Peralta, while traveling in Chile. I look at this market scene and wonder if they had been introduced yet. He was willing to change his style, particularly after he met Amedee Ozenfant, I consider working outside of one’s comfort zone as brave. Smith is considered one of the integral members of the Provincetown art colony.
We often think about Asian art’s influence on Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh, whose collection of Japanese prints are seen in some of his paintings, but this exchange can go both ways. Hasui has incorporated Western perspective and perhaps an Arts & Crafts aesthetic into his beautiful woodblock prints that are very Japanese.
Jim’s Top Picks
Paintings from the 1880s are a snapshot into life. The painter captures life in a moment like I do with my iPhone. I love studying them. They feel raw and real to me.
In 1909, this abstract captures the colors of life in a simple and romantic way. Sometimes I catch myself only seeing life this way. It’s a great way to escape the dirt and grime of real life. I also wonder if it’s bad to live life like this and fight to not get stuck in this world.
When I was 18, I made a documentary about how Boy Scouts came to America. I found this cover in a library and it inspired me to tell the story in a completely different way.
I like to design towns and cities for fun and relaxation. This looks like a CPU to me. It’s organized and planned out. Humans create the living chaos, but we can create the efficient community operating system.
Amelia’s Top Picks
I enjoy how this is a traditional landscape but the color blocks and textures of the crops have so much more whimsy.
The wash of blue in this painting is something worth studying. Its minimalism is energetic and meditative. So striking!
Cobalt, crimson, and acid green. What’s not to love with this palette?
This is one of my favorite landscapes. The handling of the paint is loose, not too precious. And then there are shocks of electric blue in the shadows to wake you up!
Stanley’s Top Picks
While Thiebaud is widely known for his iconic paintings of cakes and pies, I have mostly been enamored by his cityscapes and landscape paintings. His freedom to ignore conventional perspective and foreshortening give these paintings an unreal quality. He lays the paint on very thickly, but somehow maintains a high degree of detail. Thiebaud is 100 years old and still paints every day!
As a photographer, I love our collections of photographs. Muybridge is someone who deftly blended art and science with his Animal Locomotion series – crafted by adapting a slit camera to stop motion very precisely. I’m not sure he appreciated the aesthetics of the final prints, as he called them “studies”.
Alan’s Top Picks
Laura’s Top Picks
I love the smoothness and symbolism in its strength and color. I’m always drawn towards carved wood sculpture.
Joseph Albers, Homage to the Square. I love all of them for their beauty as well as the importance and impact they hold in his contribution towards color theory.
Megan’s Top Picks
Hilma af Klint was a pioneer of abstract art far before Kandinsky or Malevich. Her prints are full of vibrant color mysticism. ‘The Ten Largest’ is a visual study of the four stages of life from a spiritual perspective. This one, Youth, is my personal favorite.
A sweet embrace in an isolated train station. A beautiful moment in dim light. I just love it.
Lewis’s Top Picks
I simply admire the detail in this work. The warmth in the image makes me happy and I think my appreciation for the cat’s perfectly captured posture coupled with its snooty expression is a sentiment to which we can all relate.
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