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Paul Detlefsen Prints

Updated on July 5, 2017
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Paul Detlefsen Prints

The framed print pictured above called, "Happy Days" was found in a second-hand store and is in excellent condition. It was a fortunate event to find this one since it is not available on Amazon. I suspect that it could be rare, even though it is a print.

A print is a reproduction of the original painting. Making prints is a good way for many to enjoy the painting without having to pay a lot to get one.

Paul Detlefsen was an artist that got his start in the 1950s. He painted warm scenes of children playing, farms, wagons, and other happy art that warms the heart. You can tell what type of work he did by the names on his paintings. For example, some of the names he chose were: Vintage Horse and Buggy Days, Big Moment, Good Old Summertime, Memories, Barn Farm Scene, Serenity, Red Barn and The Smithy. The names give the feel of warmth and good times.

Folks love his paintings for they bring out the nostalgic for a better time when life was simple and the pace was slow.

Paul Detlefsen was born in Denmark in 1899. He moved to the United States and took art lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago.

After trying out different art jobs in Hollywood and being successful there, he decided he wanted something different. So he left that type of work and started to paint just the "good old days" for calendars, jigsaw puzzles and similar products. Paul continued to paint until his death in 1986.

Print or Original Painting

There are many Paul Detlefsen prints out there that someone might mistake for the real thing, especially if it is framed.

  • To ascertain if your Paul Detlefsen picture is a print or an original painting, use a magnifying glass to view it close up. You will see tiny dots if it is a print.
  • Brush strokes can also be seen in an original with uneven paint daubs on the edges of the canvas. The paint daubs will be hidden beneath the frame.
  • Most original paintings are hand signed and numbered by the artist. A copyright symbol may also be seen.
  • Reproductions are so good that sometimes the dots are hidden and these can appear like paint strokes. In order to be certain, have your painting evaluated by an expert before selling it. You can also ask your local professional artist. They usually can tell if the picture is a print or not.
  • There are mercenary artists who paint copies of famous works and try to pawn them as original paintings. These works are simply known as "fakes," "copies," or even "reproductions." Getting your painting appraised will be helpful before selling it as an original.

  • Touch the painting gently. You should feel layers of paint in the original.

  • Do the nose test. Original paintings take a long time to lose the paint oil smell.

If you find an original Paul Detlefsen painting you won't become rich from selling it. They are going for around $200.00 to $300.00 on eBay. But it is just nice to know that yours is original and should slowly continue to climb in price.

Nice Lineup of Paul Detlefsen Prints

The video below shows a nice lineup of Paul Detlefsen Prints while playing a catchy retro-type tune. Please take a look and enjoy all the pictures.

The video starts with the Blacksmith's Shop and continues with the print pictured above. I enjoy them all but the mountain scenes are especially beautiful. The little boy herding the cows along is another favorite of mine.

I also enjoy the one where the kids are hiding and watching a romantic couple float by in their red canoe. Seeing this print for the first time, I had to chuckle.

Another new one was the boys skinny dipping. This print shows a church in the background that makes me wonder if the kids were skipping out.

This video shows many new to me prints, so you may find some that are new to you too. This is a really nice collection.

Paul Detlefsen, American Artist


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