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on Aug 28, 2021 in | Comments Off on Valentine Watterreus

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Oil on board
26 5/8 x 16 5/8 inches
Original frame of 30 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Fine condition
Signed Valentine lower left (frame obscures signature)
En Verso are two Vincent Price Collection (Sears, Roebuck and Co.) labels with one describing inventory number, artist name, title of “Adelaide”, and group “Canada”
Circa 1960s
Chicagoland origin

It was a surprise to us to learn that on October 6th, 1962, Sears unveiled an offering of original works of art for sale at its store in Denver, Colorado. Sears had commissioned famous actor and art collector, Vincent Price, to assemble a collection of art and gallery paintings that would be merchandised through its stores, making fine art more accessible to all Sears’ customers. They gave Price carte blanche to travel the world to put the collection together. After that first opening in Denver, the program was broadened with exhibits of art in ten additional Sears stores and after the first 1,500 pieces of art has been sold, it was expanded nationwide to all Sears stores. The program ended in 1971, but more than 50,000 original artworks had been sold during its time.

The Vincent Price Collection, as it was called, included gallery paintings and other works by Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso, Whistler and many contemporary artists of the day. It included a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth and a painting by Salvador Dali commissioned by Price.

Source: artistsnetwork