Monets sell in many shapes and forms

October 10, 1991|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Evening Sun Staff

If you've shopped in gift stores lately, you may have noticed that Americans love to surround themselves with Things Monet.

"I can't think of any other artist who has inspired so many products," says BMA museum shop manager Steven !Rostkowski.

For instance, Monet sells more posters in the United States than any other artist, says Mary Richardson of Graphique de France, a publisher and distributor of fine arts and contemporary arts images in Boston. (She says Renoir comes in second, trailed by Matisse, Van Gogh and Klimt.)

The BMA's Monet store, installed specifically for the Monet exhibition, will carry 15 different Monet posters. In addition, there's a china service modeled upon the artist's service at Giverny; Monet perfume; waterlily painting scarves; special Monet T-shirts; 12 different wall calendars; roughly 30 books covering the pleasures of Monet's paintings, gardens and meals; the children's book "Linnea in Monet's Garden" with Linnea dolls; desk accessories; gift wrap; picture frames and boxes; jigsaw puzzles; playing cards and bridge tallys; glossy paper gift bags; canvas tote bags; books of days and address books; postcards; sets of prints and artist palettes of color-coded seed packages to reproduce the flowers of Giverny.

You will not find such popular products as Monet tapestry pillows, Monet beach towels and Monet neck ties. No waste baskets or bed sheets, either.

"Museums have the responsibility to protect the integrity of their works of art, including keeping them from being put on beach towels," Rostkowski says.

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