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Stocking Stuffers and Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year when we all want to give big gifts to those we love. Not everyone will have the space for a large piece of wonderful wall art, so we here at overstockArt.com would like to remind you of the smaller options we offer. They are just as breathtaking in their delicate beauty, but are more ideal for small spaces and small budgets. Here are our suggestions for mementos that will please anyone on your gift list.

Ornaments

Archibald Thorburn-Peacock Hand Painted Glass Ornament

Archibald Thorburn was born in 1860 near Edinburgh. He was the fifth son of the miniaturist Robert Thorburn ARA and is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of bird life ever. This ornament depicts one of several Thorburn paintings that feature the colorful Asiatic bird. The blue and white peacock gazes at its unseen target, ready to whip its tail feathers into full display at any moment. Meanwhile, these feathers cast a dark shadow on an otherwise white backdrop, adding a sense of uncertainty to the scene.

Katsushika Hokusai-The Great Wave off Kanagawa Hand Painted Glass Ornament

The power of nature is beautifully captured in this reproduction of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. Originally created as a woodblock print sometime around 1830, this masterpiece features the Japanese ukiyo-e style. In addition to being Hokusai’s most famous work, it is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art. With a towering wave about to crash into the sea and Mount Fuji in the background, this wave painting is a testament to the impressive magnitude of natural forces.

Claude Monet-Water Lilies Hand Painted Glass Ornament

Claude Monet painted Water Lilies in 1914. Though the artist painted dozens of works featuring these ponds and flowers, this is a popular favorite due to its pleasing color palette and peaceful appearance. The delicate water lilies drift along the calming water, creating a serene setting to look at. It features delightful colors and soft brushstrokes that make it a compelling piece of artwork. The bright blues compliment the rich greens and the dots of purple attract the eye, creating movement in the image.

Decorative Tiles

Vincent van Gogh-Cafe Terrace at Night Accent Tile

Vincent van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night (also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum) was created in Arles, France at a local coffee house in 1888. Carefully recreated to depict the original scene, the vibrant combination of warm colors and depth of perspective are definitely unique to Van Gogh’s style of painting. Cafe Terrace at Night is the first painting in which Van Gogh started using backgrounds filled with stars in his work. It pre-dates Starry Night and  Starry Night Over the Rhone. It is now available in a beautifully crafted ceramic tile.

Wassily Kandinsky-Farbstudie Quadrate Accent Tile

Kandinsky is well known for his abstract works. His goal was to evoke emotion in the viewer with color and composition, the same way music might evoke feelings in its listener. Farbstudie Quadrate or, Squares with Concentric Circles, is charming and one of Kandinsky’s most recognizable works. Now add beautiful art to any tile project in your home with these hand carved/hand painted accent pieces.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir-Discarded Roses Accent Tile

Renoir was a leader in the Impressionist movement. This beautiful depiction of a bouquet of pink roses is a classic example of an Impressionist still life. Though categorically a still life, Discarded Roses feels as though it has movement thanks to the light and fleeting feeling created by the artist’s techniques. Renoir’s beautiful depiction of the roses, including a luxurious display of texture and color, is something truly stunning to behold. Now is has been made available as a tile to hang on the wall and this classic still life will look beautiful hung in any room.

Pre-Framed Miniatures

Leonardo da Vinci-Mona Lisa Pre-Framed Miniature

With this reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, you can experience the mystery of the world’s best known work of art at any time. Da Vinci spent as many as fourteen years on this piece, and it has lived on to eternal fascination. Believed to be a portrait of Lisa De Giocondo of the Gherardini family, Da Vinci uses subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism, qualities that were considered ahead of his time. Da Vinci may have been the original Renaissance Man, with deep knowledge ranging from sculpture to cartography. But it is this portrait, along with its subject’s enigmatic expression, that became his magnum opus.

Michelangelo-Creation of Adam Pre-Framed Miniature

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam has achieved a level of fame rivaled only by the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. One of the most iconic images ever made, the fresco was painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as part of a project that took four years. This painting captures the moment God breathes life into Adam, the first man. Fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from the Bible, it is the most well-known of his fresco panels. While the original is over eighteen feet wide and visible only to visitors of the Vatican, this reproduction can showcase its timeless beauty in your home or office.

Johannes Vermeer-Girl with Pearl Earring Pre-Framed Miniature

Johannes Vermeer is best known for Girl with a Pearl Earring. This 1665 masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age is often referred to as the Dutch Mona Lisa. This painting is shrouded in mystery thanks to the fascinating female subject. The contrast between the dark background and the girl’s illuminated face makes this piece particularly captivating. This would make an adorable accent to any room of your house.

We offer a wide variety of ornaments, tiles, and pre-framed miniatures, so please take your time and browse our Stocking Stuffer gallery. We are confident you will find the perfect gift for each and every friend or family you are shopping for this holiday season.

Amanda Hadley

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.