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The Value of Art

February 19, 2010

Image from 1938 book French Canada: Pictures and Stories by Hazel Boswell.

Canadian cartoonist Diana Tamblyn recently shared images from a 1930’s book French Canada: Pictures and Stories. The fact that she felt compelled to do this illustrates the value that art can have beyond the monetary. In explaining her motivation, Diana’s comments reveal how art on the walls of a family home becomes part of the family history and an important link to memories:

My Grandmother had many of these illustrations framed and had them hanging up in her home as they depict scenes from Quebec where she grew up.

I grew up seeing them and when she passed away, I inherited them, and they now hang in our home.

This ’emotional’ value that art can posses is a motivating factor for me when I create a painting. The possibility that a painting will be cherished and passed on from generation to generation is very compelling. Do you have a piece of art that has become an important fixture in your family?

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