Framed -- Toying with Dinner

by Charles Wysocki

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  • Certificate of Authentication
  • Numbered and Signed by Artist
  • Framed Limited Edition of 300 Canvases
  • Canvas Lithograph Transfer
  • Image Size 22 Inches Tall by 22 Inches Wide.
  • Framed Size 27 Inches Tall by 27 Inches Wide.
Framed limited edition canvas hand-signed by Charles Wysocki. Birdseye maple frame with gold fillet accent and custom accented corners. The inspiration for this Charles Wysocki image struck nearly 10 years ago when the artist and his wife, Liz, visited an antique shop where an English biscuit tin shaped like a toy boat caught their eye. "The hinged top where the smoke stacks are located serve as the lid-door to gain access to the cookies. This tin sat in our den for years, and each time I passed it on the way to my studio I knew that someday it would be featured in one of my paintings. Just recently the light bulb went on when I thought of it as an 'eatery.' Picturing the fun of people dining in a boat designed as a toy fired my imagination. So I placed it in the snowy Cape Cod setting to give it a fresh, unique look and christened it 'Seven Sailors' because seven is my lucky number. Then reality and history were added. The menu holders, for example, were actually banners carried at Abraham Lincoln's funeral. "The Vault" is a real antique shop and Aesop's Table Restaurant is serving daily on Cape Cod. The Old Colony Railroad line ran close to this shoreline, just as illustrated in this print. I invite you to join me at this wonderful place for a cup of cocoa." - Charles Wysocki

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The Artist

Charles Wysocki

1928 - 2002

Some things about Charles Wysocki's life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard . . . and all of New England.

Other things are a surprise - while he paints typically New England scenes, before his passing he lived in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist.

After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life's "little things."

Wysocki adds, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast-changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms."

Wysocki's award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.

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