Stash it or trash it?
Elynor Desfarges of Durbanville writes
A family member bought a pair of oil paintings by Caroline Burnett 35 years ago. I did some research and it seems that her paintings are not very popular. Is there a particular reason for this?
Kayleen Wrigley of Stephan Welz & Co. replies Caroline Burnett is an American painter who moved to France in the 19th century to experience La Belle Époque (a period of peace and economic prosperity during which arts and culture in Europe flourished). She became a member of the Paris Société des Beaux-Arts (founded in the 1880s in competition to the well-established Académie des Beaux Arts) and exhibited there in 1898.
Burnett is known for her impressionist paintings of European street scenes, in particular those featuring the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Although she produced a lot of work, she has a niche market – her paintings are usually only popular among those familiar with these European street scenes, especially the landmarks of Paris. Her market in South Africa is therefore quite small. Late 19th century – early 20th century R4 000 – R6 000 at auction