J.J. Cunningham's Gallery
Many Motifs, One Aesthetic:
" Sweetness, Beauty, and Love"

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J..J. Cunningham Gallery specializes in Vintage motifs of Paris, Italy, and Denmark, ca 1900-1950. The sublimal message and subjective emotion is life is sweet, beautiful, and lovely. Despite the inevitable difficulties and sorrows of life, it is  a joy nevertheless.

The difference between "art" and drawing is art conveys a mood and emotion. Regardless whether it's landscape, still life, figurative, or any other motif, transforming an objective scene into a subjective mood or emotion is an alchemy that only an "artist" can perform.

The key is to find the subjective mood and emotion that you believe is good and true about life. Motifs, after all, can run the gamut from patriotic to Purple Mountain Majesty, from Vanishing West to children and ducks, and everything inbetween. Hence, motif is secondary: Subjective personality is foremost. It's the subjective personality, its mood and emotion, that'll keep a painting alive and fresh every time you look at it over the decades.

An aesthetic of sweetness, beauty, and love, windows into eternity, is the basis for curating the collection at J..J. Cunningham Gallery There may be many motifs but there's only the one aesthetic: As the American painter, Robert Henri said, "That which is worthwhile in painting is the expression of human emotion in it."



We acquire our pieces at old-line auction houses in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

Vintage refers to early 20th Century, and late 19th Century. Style is Post-Impressionist, i.e. the treatment of light, color, and shape as perfected by the Impressionists; sometimes known as the "French Palette."

Mid- Century, Moderne refers the style of reducing a form or shape down to its basic elements, no excessive detail. Style ranged from the mid 1940s to the mid 1960s. In America, it's usually called "Mid-Century."  More often, "Scandinavian Modern."

Vast majority are "listed" artists. Pieces come with complete biographies that list their training and education, exhibitions, awards, studies abroad, museum collections and other fascinating information.

The art is cleaned and restored (if necessary) upon arrival. Frames are likewise restored or replaced. The result are paintings as fresh and bright as the day they were painted.






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