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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

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