Giving Art for the Holidays

Art is a fabulous gift to give. It is personal, timeless and at times a fabulous investment.

The December 16th Auction provides the perfect opportunity for some last-minute gift buying. When buying art for others, it is best to keep a few tips in mind.

  1. Pay attention to the size.

It is much easier to make space for something of small to modest size than it is a large work of art. In addition, shipping or traveling home with the piece is easier, too.

  1. Think about the recipient

As with every gift, we want to consider the tastes of the recipient. Think about what their space is like? Are they traditional, more modern, setting up a first apartment or home? Gifting art to young adults is a great way to help them become collectors and begin a lifelong journey of loving and living with art.

Below are some fabulous gifting ideas from the Auction:

For the lover of Baltimore Art:


Lot 1200, Herman Maril “Parking Lot,” oil

For the collector of American Art:


Lot 1208, Attributed to John Singer Sargent “Rocky Landscape,” watercolor

For the “finance bro”:


Lot 1216, William Gropper, “Wall Street,” pen and ink

For your artsy aunt:


Lot 1218, After Henri Matisse, “Nu Bleu,” woven tapestry

For the relative in college:


Lot 1245, CHROMA “Boxer Boxing,” mixed media sculpture

For the fan of Old Masters:


Lot 1266, Venetian School, “16th Century Martyrdom of St. Sebastian,” oil

For the budding collector:


Lot 1285, After Andy Warhol, “Marilyn,” screenprint

Did you know that Alex Cooper is happy to offer gift buying consultation to our clients? We would love to help you find that perfect piece for your loved one’s wall (or your own)!

Happy Holidays and Happy Bidding! Click here to see the entire auction catalog for the December 16th Gallery Auction.




Kathleen Hamill

Director, Modern & Contemporary Art