Treasures of Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings in Glorious Full Color
© 1937 National Committee for Art Appreciation
I have here a curious folio of lithographs with a wonderful story.
THE STORY OF THE LOST MASTERPIECES
Back in 1937, following the depression, a voluntary national committee for art appreciation was founded. The goal of this committee was to create an art program that would give the public a well-needed morale boost to bring them out of the doldrums of depression. It was the committee’s decision to reproduce, as perfectly as humanly possible, a collection of the world’s greatest art masterpieces and make them available to the public at a price within reach. A select group of scholars including Eleanor Roosevelt was selected to determine and vote on these masterpieces.
Making full color photographs of the masterpieces was the least difficult part of the job. The masterpieces had to be reproduced through the most modern techniques of the day. Original glass plates were produced, ant i was found that at least six different colors were needed to accurately capture the depth of color of these masterpieces. In most cases 8-10 plates were required in order to bring out the realism of the works.
Over $1,000,000 was spent on this art project and 3,000,000 prints were made. Then, for some unknown reason the entire project was abandoned and this fantastic collection of perfect reproductions was stored in a warehouse where they remained undisturbed for over 25 years.
When these prints were “rediscovered,” leading lithograph artists and critics unanimously agreed that they had never seen such true fidelity in color printing. They were most impressed by the fact that these lovely masterpieces still held their marvelous original colors even after those many years.
The prints in this folder are from that original collection!
What makes these reproductions unique is the fact that they are literally collectors’ items for when they are gone it will be impossible to reproduce prints of comparable quality. Although the glass plates still exist, the conclusion is that it would not be economically feasible to use those plates for additional reproductions.
Each of these prints sold separately fetches $10-$20.
This is a portfolio of great works of art. The folio contains 18 lithographs ranging from 8 ¾” x 14” to 10 7/8” x 12 ¾” Each of these is suitable for framing and is printed on archival paper. Nice vintage condition as pictured. No chips or cracks.
- MADAME DE POMPADOUR by BOUCHER
- BROKEN EGGS by GREUZE
- THE BLUE OAK by DERAIN
- LINE STORM by JOHN STEUART CURRY
- THIRD CLASS CARRAIGE by DAUMIER
- BLUE HORSES by FRANZ MARC
- WHEELWRIGHT’S YARD ATH THE SIDE OF THE SEINE by COROT
- AUTUMN by MILLET
- HAMLET by DELACROIX
- MLLE CHAROLOTTE DU VAL D’OGNES by DAVID
- THE INFANTA MARGARITA TERESA IN RED by VELASQUEZ
- GIRL WITH A MARMOT by FRAGONARD
- MOTHERHOOD by PICASSO
- COLONEL GEORGE COUSSMAKER by REYNOLDS
- MRS. GRACE DALRYMPLE ELLIOTT by GAINSBOROUGH
- AFTER THE HUNT by COURBET
- ODALSIQUE by MATISSE
- THE BANJO PLAYER by WATTEAU
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