Ten Artworks for Under €1000
Collecting art might not be known as the cheapest pastime, but at Gallerease we would love to show you that it doesn’t always have to be super expensive either.
We selected ten pieces from our online collection that are under €1000 to give you an idea of what you can get for a reasonable price. Maybe not top notch old master paintings or vintage Cartier bracelets, but charming works on paper and photographs by younger artists that would form a lovely complement to your existing collection, or possibly make a wonderful gift for a soon-to-be-married couple or someone’s special birthday!
Wilco Dragt (1960)
Leaning Tree with Benches
The fine art photographer Wilco Dragt creates minimalistic landscapes by applying a lengthened exposure time. His images are characteristic in their simplicity, often taken at dusk or dawn, allowing the low light conditions to create a unique atmosphere.
They have an almost meditative effect on their spectators, the seeming emptiness extracts you from your current surroundings by inviting you to gaze deeply into the apparent distance. Sometimes less is so much more.
Wilco Dragt, Leaning Tree With Benches, Fotogalerie Utrecht.
Jozephine Wortelboer (1954)
Less is also more in the case of Jozephine Wortelboer’s bronze sculptures of animals and humans. By capturing the essence of their form, she gives her subjects a soul, a lifelike quality that makes them very endearing.
With its perky posture, glimmering details and robust finish, this little dodo sculpture provides an ode to the now sadly distinguished bird, but also makes for a lovely companion in every household.
Jozephine Wortelboer, Little Dodo, Galerie Terbeek.
French Empire Mirror ca. 1880
Called a “Trumeau de Marriage”, this beautiful 19th century gilt wood mirror with original mercury glass officially belongs above a console cabinet in the hallway.
The cabinet was used to store gloves and hats and the mirror of course provided an important checkpoint before stepping outside. Most likely a wedding gift, it’s decorations have been delicately carved out, featuring laurel leaves and two small doves. Perfect for a romantic interior!
Tang Bohua (1986)
This beautiful fresco painting by Tang Bohua (1986) is based on the colorful and often fantastic tales of Master Zhuang, one of the most important Taoist philosophy books. During his childhood, the Taoist temples in China were Tang Bohua’s playground.
His beautiful memories and his wish to preserve this precious heritage were the source of inspiration for his first animation movie “The country of Summer Insects” and his paintings of scenes and figures on plasterboard, using classic fresco techniques.
This touching elephant is a creation that was inspired by the stories he heard from the old masters and the creativity of the temple sculptures.
Tang Bohua, Elephant, SinArts Gallery.
Kees van Dongen (1877 – 1968)
Les Lépreuses 2
Kees van Dongen was one of the many artists and intellectuals who made his way to the cultural heart of Europe: Paris. The Parisian prostitutes didn’t just teach Van Dongen how to speak French in between the sheets, they also provided him with a source of artistic inspiration.
He justified his preference for portraying women, be it his own wife or a prostitute, according to the motto: ‘the female body is the most beautiful landscape’. Van Dongen illustrated many books, including the famous novel Les Lépreuses (1939), for which he created this characteristic lithograph.
Kees van Dongen, Les lépreuses 2, Arthouse Marc Chagall.
Kaat Pauwels (1986)
Kaat Pauwels’s ceramic sculptures are often inspired by nature, but born out of a spontaneous process in which she follows the material’s natural flow.
Pauwels prefers to use only clay and builds her pieces up in several layers using a technique called ‘coiling’, making them softly dynamic. These delicately shaped vases are reminiscent of tulips and their earthy tones bring joy to the eyes.
Kaat Pauwels, NT 3, Galerie Carla Koch.
Takashi Suzuki (1957)
Text No. 985
Takashi Suzuki’s work is firmly grounded in a sculptural approach to painting, leading to a very different kind of pictorial expression. In his three-dimensional objects, characterized by this strong sculptural component, Suzuki elevates the visual experience through the use of colour.
His canvases are limited to two tones, most often red and blue, creating an illusion of depth in which you can get completely carried away.
Takashi Suzuki, Text no. 986, Gallery 9.
Meissner & Buch (est. 1861)
Wedgwood Girls ca. 1900
Get your hands on one of these vintage postcards, depicting elegant Wedgwood girls. The postcards were designed and published by the Meissner & Buch firm in Leipzig.
Established in 1861, they began with exporting Christmas cards but soon expanded into the art publishing business, and became famous for their very high quality postcards with images of beautiful ladies.
In this image, the strong use of shading creates the illusion of a reliëf, emphasizing the elegance of the porcelain Wedgwood girls.
Meissner & Buch, Interantiquariaat Mefferdt & De Jonge.
Walasse Ting (1929 – 2010)
Can’t get enough of the fluorescent and brilliant colours of Walasse Ting? Ting wrote and published a beautiful monograph with large full-colour plates in co-operation with the Shanghai Art Museum (1997), to accompany his first solo-exhibition in China.
This very rare publication gives you a unique insight into Walasse Ting’s seductive and magical world and even includes twenty of his personal poems. It is a world filled with sensory pleasures, appealing to all those who share his passion for the beauty of nature and of life.
Walasse Ting, A very hot day, Scriptum Art Books.
Matthias Heiderich (1982)
This colorful and contrasting work by the Berlin-based photographer Matthias Heiderich portrays the urban landscape of Berlin in a completely different atmosphere, making a minimalistic contemporary gesture.
Heiderich creates a refreshing view of Berlin. He chooses to break with the conventional perception of Berlin, which is usually rough, grey, very concrete and very monumental.
Instead, Heiderich approaches the city’s character with a play of contrasting colours and sharp compositions. His abstract photographs almost seem like graphic designs.
Matthias Heiderich, Qlick Editions.
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Header image: Walasse Ting, no title, 1988 - Okker Art Gallery.