L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)! 16 x 20 in.

L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)! 16 x 20 in.
Private collection. Ottawa, Canada.

L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)!

L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)!
Private collection. Ottawa, Canada.

L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)! 16 x 20 inches

L. A. Burnett, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Montmartre)! 16 x 20 inches
Private collection. Ottawa, Canada.

srijeda, 13. svibnja 2009.

• Lou Burnett •

Louis Anthony

(Lou) Burnett

Born in 1907 in New York City, Louis (Lou – Anthony) Burnett was a figure and landscape painter who studied at the Art Students League, New School of Social Research, and Educational Alliance in New York. He was active as a member and teacher, from 1961 to 1967, with the Rockport Art Association and exhibited widely in New England. His wife was artist Martha Moore. Lou death in 1999.
Please for more information about Burnett's staying in Paris ( e-mail: ginkgo.begovic@gmail.com). THANK YOU! This painting was purchased in Switzerland. The current owner is from Croatia.

Né en 1907 dans la ville de New York, Louis (Lou - Anthony) Burnett été une peintre paysagiste (• et vedut, portré, group portré, musicien...) qui a étudié à l'Art Students League, New School of Social Research, l'éducation et de l'Alliance à New York. Il a été un membre actif et d'enseignants, de 1961 à 1967, avec la Rockport Art Association et de nombreuses expositions en Nouvelle-Angleterre. Son épouse a été artiste Martha Moore. Lou mort 1999.

S'il vous plaît pour de plus amples renseignements sur Burnett séjour à Paris.
MERCI BEAUCOUP! Cette peinture a été achetée en Suisse. Le propriétaire actuel est de la Croatie.

Louis Anthony Burnett (?) - or Caroline C. Burnett (?): "Paris", huil sur toile - oil on canvas (51 x 61 cm).

The Mystery of the Burnett Paintings

A typical Paris scene - the Moulin Rouge, a market, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee… all signed by Burnett. What started as a throw away question, ‘who is Burnett?’ ignited a debate which has run for years, and still rages on.
All around the world, in charity shops, auctions, street corners, art galleries, online, private collections… a Burnett Oil has been stumbled across or sourced. People have found Burnett’s in attics, sourced them for their growing collection, been handed them down from grandparents, claim to have bought the painting direct from him – or her, with every painting having been bought at a variety of prices from a few pounds to thousands of dollars.
The linking theme in each painting is of a French scene in oils, the faces of the people unseen or undeterminable. But the name signed, although always Burnett, is found on the bottom left or right of the painting. It is either in red or brown, always in capitals, with one or two T’s and sometimes with an initial before the name - Burnett. It is this variation that sparked the debate whether Burnett is one or more painters. Comments have been made globally from auctioneers at Christie’s to art dealers, from charity shop workers to collectors, culminating in a plethora of stories, all of which evoke the imagination as much as the other.
Forenames for this artist have been surmised. The most popular of these have been Caroline, Carolyn, Will, Charles, Jan and Mileu. Suggested dates of the paintings of this artist have varied from 1940’s to 1990’s. People have ruminated on the fact some paintings seem the same, but each are painted only a few metres away from the last painting, so the scene extends on in each representation.




One rumour has it that the paintings were churned out in a sweat shop in Mexico and were named such because the owner said that if people found out who painted them they will burn it, thus the name ‘Burnett’. Another says the assembly line was in China. Others say struggling artists copied the paintings and signatures, or that new and struggling artists go to Paris, paint the scenes with the Burnett signature, and then sell them on - one auctioneer commenting that these were still worth up to $250 in a good frame, despite the spurious lineage. Or that pavement artists produce these paintings ‘en masse’. The theory that there were two artists, husband and wife, is popular. Ron and Carolyn Burnett are famed to have painted similar scenes with similar signatures.
The truth? It was in fact the artist Caroline Burnett who has survived the myths to become the legend. An American artist, listed in the Who’s Who of American Art, she lived and painted in Paris. Her medium was oil and she always signed BURNETT at the bottom right of her paintings. She painted in the third quarter of the nineteenth century, inspired by the scenes surrounding her. Her Moulin Rouge painting was bought in 1971 at $1000, but her paintings have been bought and sold worldwide for pennies to fortunes.
Although various voices in the art world and collectors of paintings have articulated their enthusiasm for her work, it is the individual who has commented most on their personal enjoyment of her vibrant scenes and the love for her depictions. The beauty of art is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder, and Burnett’s work seems to be adored throughout the world.
Château Rustique is proud to have one of these Oil Paintings in its’ collection, made even more appealing by the wonderful and thought provoking tales rumoured worldwide.

(Thanks Mr. Luis from Portugal for this article.) 
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Caroline C. Burnett, Paris, oil painting

I found this link :www.askart.com/AskART/artists/bulletin.aspx?Artist=10007740
Discussion Board for Caroline Burnett was made available for contributions of information, and there are many entries from these who are interested in that artist. I found one quite interesting comment from "steve" :
The Artist Burnett
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Tourists have been overpaying for Burnett art for decades. Just so you know, in France, when a knock-off artist creats tourist art, and asks what to do with it, an accomplished artist says "burn it".
Hence the name.

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L. A. Burnett: "Girl with doll."
& "Girl with violin."
(18'' x 24'')
(Pennsylvania, USA (Private coll.)

Back in the early 1960s I purchased two paintings directly from the artist when he was selling his items in Greenwich Village in New York City. One is of a firl with a violin and the other is of a girl with a doll. They are long oil paintings on board. I am older now and would like to sell them.