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Should I keep it?

  1. Oct 21, 2006 #1
    Should I keep it??

    I have recently inherited a nude sketch by Walter Battis. It is not a picture I really like and would never put it on my wall. No one in my family likes it either and we are trying to decide whether to keep it or not. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2006 #2
    Well if no one likes it I dont see a reason to keep it unless it has family value(being passed down) or if its valuable. But in my opinion even if it was worth something and noone liked it, I wouldnt keep it. Just my opinion though
     
  4. Oct 21, 2006 #3
    Its of extreme value, could probably go in an art gallery or museum, but it also has a bit of family value (Walter Battis painted it for my grandfather who recently passed away)
     
  5. Oct 21, 2006 #4

    DaveC426913

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    ???

    So, despite its extreme sentimental value, you still don't aesthetically "like" it, and are considering pitching it?

    Does viewing it invoke happy thoughts of your grandfather? If so, there is no more noble thing that a piece of art can aspire to.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2006 #5

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    If nobody likes or would want to display it, then perhaps it would be best if it were sold to someone who would enjoy it, or donated to a museum, if it's of such quality. I'm not one to keep things I don't enjoy, and if there are others who would enjoy it more, it just seems to be the right thing to do to allow it to be displayed someplace where others could enjoy it rather than just let it get dusty in storage somewhere.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2006 #6
    Wel I didn't have a close bond with my grandfather, he got psd after world war II and started drinking... then didn't stop drinking. He didn't even know who I was, even though I had met him numerous times. So can't say the picture invokes happy thoughts, more sad thoughts. He did leave me all the Punch books ever published which I will be keeping!
     
  8. Oct 21, 2006 #7
    If I were you, I would wait until the art market is booming and then sell it for a really high price.

    My art Prof. was telling me about artists in the 80's that became big during the art boom, and then when it went back down all their stuff was worthless and sat in the basements of art galleries because no one wanted to display that junk.
     
  9. Oct 21, 2006 #8
    How do I find out when the art market is booming?
     
  10. Oct 21, 2006 #9
    Beats me, just keep an eye out for when the guy that made your work becomes really popular again. Show us a pic of it, I want to see it.
     
  11. Oct 21, 2006 #10
    Ok sure. Has anyone actually heard of him? Because I hadn't until the other day...
     
  12. Oct 22, 2006 #11

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    I don't know much about art at all, and I've never heard of this guy. Until you mentioned your relationship (or lack thereof) with Gramps, I would have suggested hanging onto it for sentimental reasons. I'm horrible for that. In your situation, however, I'd first spring a few pesos to have it professionally appraised. Whatever it's worth, toss it onto eBay with that as a minimum bid (or reserve bid, which is secret). You could end up getting 10 or more times what it's worth if a bidding war starts up.
    If that's too crass, look into Sobey's.
     
  13. Oct 22, 2006 #12

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    If you're not sure about selling it yet, consider loaning it to a museum or art gallery. You can always sell it later, and might even get a few offers if your name is displayed as the owner.

    Plus their insurance should cover it for ya in case of loss or damage (although I'd get that in writing). :wink:

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  14. Oct 22, 2006 #13

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    That's a good idea. Smaller museums might be more interested in a loaner from a less well-known artist than a large museum that already needs to rotate their exhibits to display everything. Maybe a nearby university has an art museum and would welcome having it on loan. It would also mean it's stored or displayed under appropriate conditions to preserve it so it doesn't get damaged. You don't want to just stick it in a musty basement or hot attic if it's something worth a lot of money.

    I also agree with Danger's advice to get it professionally appraised. Find out if it's really something valuable or not. I've never heard of the artist, but I'm not exactly an art buff either.

    You should look up the artist and see if you find anything. The artist might be well-known in the art world, or you might find that he's really a nobody who just knew your grandfather and was giving away his paintings as gifts when they weren't selling.

    Edit: I just looked up his name in a Google search. The artist is South African, and seems to be known among those interested in African art. You might want to contact the gallery in the first link about the painting.

    http://www.somerseteast.co.za/ttdas.html#Walter_Battiss_Gallery

    http://www.panafricanartists.org/overcomingmaps3/south_african_art_en.htm
     
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  15. Oct 22, 2006 #14

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    Good idea, moo. I'd forgotten about the option of lending something to a museum or gallery... I was thinking that it had to be a donation, entailing loss of ownership (says something about how often I attend such places). The insurance aspect, and Moonbear's mention of storage conditions, make that a very practical approach.
     
  16. Oct 22, 2006 #15

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    Agreed. I had only thought of storage as an inconvenience (am no art buff either), but if not done properly the painting could easily be ruined. :eek:

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  17. Oct 22, 2006 #16
    Wow thanks guys. [I had a suspsion that he was south african (because my family and I are South africans)] I will discuss some of your ideas with the family and let you know what we decide
     
  18. Oct 22, 2006 #17

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    Paintings are normally kept in a climate controlled vault, otherwise they will deteriorate. If kept in moist enviroment, mold or mildew could damage or destroy it.

    One could find out on-line what Battis paintings/are are worth, or one could probably find an appraiser, or contact an art museum. Perhaps a university art deparment might have someone who could give a rough assessment.

    One might keep it as an investment, or sell it, or give it to a family member or friend who appreciates it. If one gives it away, chances are that at some point it would be sold anyway.
     
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