Amazon has recently entered into the world of fine art dealership. It’s likely a good move for the internet’s everything store: you can take a bigger cut from a million dollar painting than you can from a $20 book. However, as customers get used to the idea of seeing decorations for the super-rich alongside Amazon’s traditional faire of books and DVDs, they are engaging in some high class mockery of Amazon’s latest items.
Take Claude Monet’s 1868 work L’Enfant a la tasse. This work, which depicts Monet's young son, sitting at table next to a bowl, captures the ineffable feeling of sensing that you can almost grasp what is going on within the mind of a child. Almost, but not quite. It is modestly priced at $1,450,000.
As with any product, it’s good to read the reviews. What do Amazon users think of Monet’s work?
From J. Mason (5 stars):
"It's a beautiful painting, and I'm glad I purchased it. The only problem I have is that I couldn't figure out where to hang it. Every other day, I ring my bell and wait for my butler to come. "Jeeves, can you please move the Monet to the solarium?" "Jeeves, can you please move the Monet to the library? No, not that library. The one on the third floor." It's a small painting, so finding a space where it can be showcased is difficult."
Stephen M. Walls (1 star):
"For as much as I paid I'm a little upset that this isn't a new painting. You can see OBVIOUS cracks and I'm worried that the artwork has had several owners before me. I might return to Amazon if I can't get in touch with the seller."
SouthernGothic (3 stars) didn’t care for the painting, but was satisfied nonetheless:
"I love antique picture frames and this one is gorgeous. It is unfortunate that they always seem to be sold with some second rate garage sale purchased "art" put into them. Probably to inflate the price.
I thought the price a little steep but since I was enamored with the frame I bought it anyway. I replaced the old crumbly child painting(the thing just fell apart as I ripped it out) with a nice needlepoint of kittens my Great Aunt did for me when I was a kid.
An extravagant purchase I know, but I am pleased with how it turned out."
Salma Gundi (3 stars) finds Monet’s work doesn’t make the best serving tray:
"I have this in the blue one. We use it mostly at Christmas time for leaving cookies out for Santa. It's pretty, but not very sturdy with a couple of cocoa mugs on it. Also, definitely not dishwasher safe! Hand Wash only!!!"
Finally, Frank Garriel (5 stars) finds that this painting compares favorably to the very popular N64 game “Goldeneye”:
"I played this and Goldeneye together at a friend's house. This one was 1000x more awesome than Goldeneye, but maybe that's because we were emulating Goldeneye since my N64 doesn't work anymore. Like all N64 games / works of impressionist painters, the anti-aliasing is a bit much, but I guess that's Monet-san's style. You should definitely get this. It's gonna be a really rare find since they didn't even make any for Blockbuster."
That’s just a sampling. There are many many comments on Monet’s work, and I suggest you drop whatever you are doing and read them all.