Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What Makes Paintings Valuable

What makes paintings valuable?  It certainly isn't the ingredients.  Some pigments smeared onto a canvas.  Anyone could do that, right?  Well, of course, it's not as simple as that.  If mere smearing of pigments were all it took to make an artistic treasure, then Scowl-Face would be rich and famous.  How you smear the pigments is the trick.

My Library is fortunate to have many beautiful works of art, including paintings by several local artists, some of whom you may have heard about.  (Don't give me the grammar lecture about never ending sentences in prepositions; those rules apply to people, not felines.)  Let me share some with you.

 "A Memorial to Ernest & Ada Freeman,
Florists Over 50 Years,"
by Sara Jayne Hogue

 "The Methodist Episcopal Church," by Helen Cook

"Farmhouse," by Richard Squires

Each of these is a fine representation, but there's something missing.  Some crucial, integrating element that, if present, would result in skyrocketing prices for the paintings on display at my Library.  What could it be, I wonder?  Hmmmmmm . . . .

 "[Cauli's] Homestead," by Helen Cook

 "[Cauli's] Room at Roselon," by Paul Hadley

Fine Just the Way It Is

 What do you suppose these paintings are worth, comparatively?  Let's get an expert's estimations.

Art Appraisals Real Cheap
Jules Le Chat, Proprietor
  Behind the Dumpster
23 West Main Street (More or Less)
Mooresville, Indiana 46158

"Pricing Art Since 8:45 This Morning"

Artist (Painting)                       Before Cauli                After Cauli
Paul Hadley (Roselon) $36,000 $3,850,000
Helen Cook (Homestead) $8,500 $975,000
Helen Cook (M.E. Church) $10,200 $1,443,000
Richard Squires (Farmhouse) $8,700 $992,000
Sara Jayne Hogue (Sunflowers) $8,800 $1,066,000
Unknown (Girl and Kitty) $4,975                      N/A

There you have it!  CauliArt is MUCH more valuable than non-CauliArt. Put that in your bubble pipe and make with the bubblies, already.

Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What I Like,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Artsy News Beat

P.S.  Sorry, Junior.  I know you're the special arts & crafts correspondent, but, sometimes, you have to send in the A Team.

P.P.S.  Appropriately enough, let's enjoy "The Painter" by Neil Young, from his CD Prairie Wind (2005).


  1. Cauli, I think Mrs. Cook's M.E. Church is a pencil sketch, not a painting.

  2. Hey, Cauli, I was married in that church! Thirty-one years ago. It seems like yesterday. Or three centuries.

  3. Cauli, I think those estimates are off - I think the "after" amounts should read "priceless!"


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