On a recent trip to my local St. Vinny’s, I came across what appear to be two original John Haymson pen and watercolour paintings. They are about 3′ ⨯ 1′, and honestly, if they aren’t original paintings, they’re the best prints I’ve ever seen. I had no idea who John Haymson was when I bought the paintings; I just knew I loved them. Here’s a little background info on the artist:
John Haymson was born in Austria in 1902. He studied art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art, and fled Austria on foot in 1938, narrowly escaping arrest by the Gestapo. Haymson made his way to France, where he sailed to the U.S. in late 1939. Haymson enjoyed a long and successful career in the United States, creating works in a broad range of subjects in watercolour, lithograph, and oil, until his death in 1980.
Doing a quick internet search, it is easy to find estimates ranging from about $250, all the way up to $4500. Not bad, considering I bought the paintings for $5 each! Some cool guy is trying to sell a Haymson on Ebay for- wait for it- $39, 500.00!!! Good luck with that, dude. I don’t think I’d sell my paintings for a few hundred dollars, but I’m pretty sure for $79,000.00, they’d be going to a new home (and so would I)!!
I’m heading outside now to paint the frames black, but here are some shots of the paintings. I love them so much, and they look amazing in my slowly evolving bedroom design!

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