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East Aurora Art Walk
The Living American Art, Inc., 55 5th Ave., New York
Baldi
Cornelius A. Bartels
Jean Benner
Julius Bien
M. Henry Bonnefoi
Anatol Bouchet
John Brach & Sean Witucki
McLoughlin Brothers, NY
Catherine Brown
Frances Brundage
Detroit Publishing Co. (AKA Detroit Photographic Co.)
Holmes Company, Inc., Chicago, IL [for Guy B. Holmes]
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Luigi Corti
Alice Cranston Fenner (of Artyle Studios)
E. Conyne Daly
Leon Emile Fernand Danchin
Tano de Simone
Walt Disney Company
Grace G. Drayton
F. Dürrnberger
Josef Eidenberger
Faraoni
E. Hedley Fitton
Flemingson
Myles 'Birket' Foster
Rachelle Francis
Giuseppe Gambino
Marie-Francois Firmen Girard
Charles Wesley Haist
William Harring Von Ammon (AKA William Harring)
Karl Herzog
Mindy Hesslink
Colegrove Bros., Inc., Publishing-Buffalo, NY
Reproducta, Inc.-Publishers
Dennis Barraclough & James Vullo (1914-1999)
Joseph Keppler, Jr. (AKA Uto J. Keppler)
Joseph Francis Kernan
Michael Killelea
Alonzo Kimball
Willy Köchler
K. Korössy (Korossy)
L. Kreitz
Western New York Land Conservancy
Sir Thomas Lawrence
Le Roy
Sir Frederick Leighton
Bernard Lignon
Ivan Lindhé
Niagara Lithograph Co.
Gray Lithographic Co., NY
Antonio Lonza
Marengo
Mario Mariani
V. Mariani
G. Mariani
Mill Road Scenic Overlook
Roderic Montagu O'Connor
Geoff Mowery
G. Nasi
Cindi O'Mara
Emanuel Oberhauser (or Emmanuel Oberhauser)
Hickok & Pate, NY
Henry Greenwood Peabody
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Peter Potter
Taber Prang Art Co.
Sherrill Primo
GG Co. Publishing
Hatcher Publishing Co. (AKA Hatcher-Fagin Pub. Co.)
Aldo Rando
H.W. Ranger
National Remembrance Shop, Washington, DC
Review of Reviews Company, NY
Norman Rockwell
Charles E. Roth
John A. Ruthven
F. Schenkel
Kath Schifano
Tavik Frantisek Simon
Buffalo Society of Artists
Frederick A. Stokes Company
Artyle Studios (also Cranston-Fenner Studio)
Thomas Sully
Ivor I.J. Symes (AKA Ivor Isaac John Symes)
M.F. Tobin Litho, NY, U.S.A
Touchard
Raphael Tuck & Son's Publishing
G.J. Unknown
George Frederic Watts
Joseph Quinn Whipple, Sr.
James A. McNeill Whistler
Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski
Milo Winter
John Witcombe
WNY Members of the National Collage Society
Thomas Waterman Wood
Lee Woodward Zeigler
Owen Cullen Yates
The Living American Art, Inc., 55 5th Ave., New York
The Living American Art, Inc., 55 5th Ave., New York (1936-1940) was founded by Charles Boni (1894-1969) in 1936, with the help of several artists, who banded together for the purpose of disseminating reproductions of American art works to the general public, using the high-end photographic process of collotype which captured the vivid colors of the originals.

Boni devised a mail order brochure of the prints and set up approximately 250 exhibitions of the prints at colleges, universities, and museums around the country for publicity, with editions limited in number (quantities unknown). At the time, it was the most ambitious venture ever undertaken to widespread distribution fine art in America and was praised as one of the greatest innovations in modern art. He also published a periodical which carried brief biographies of artists whose works were chosen for reproduction, thus attempting to generally educate the “average” American in issues and history of American art. Every four months 12 important American pictures were selected for collotype reproduction in limited quantities in four installments (Forty-eight prints total per year) by jury selection of four well known artists to include; Louis Bouche, Alexander Brook, Adolf Dehn and Hughes Mearns. The collotypes sold for $5- each at the time, which equals about $84- in today’s dollar—certainly not cheap at the time, and the artists got up to 10% royalties “regardless of the ownership of the original”. Some of the prints were also “processed” with a protective finish.

The first batch of ‘Colorprints’ were exhibit in late 1936, throughout 225 cities in 46 states. The 2nd group was exhibited in February 1937 in 300 colleges, museums, libraries and schools. Eventually the venture was discontinued when World War II began in Europe since the reproductions were made in Vienna by Max Jaffé’s firm, up until about July of 1940.

Many prominent and well known American artists had their works represented by Boni with the 'Colorprints (collotype)' series and included painters such as; Peter Blume, Henry Varnum Poor, Henry Lee McFee, Eugene Speicher, Karl Fortess, Calvert Goggeshall, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Arthur Dove, Joseph De Martini, Joseph Stella, Maurice Sterne, John Carroll and many others. Over the next several years, Boni added to the series with other notable American artists, before WWII forced the company out of business.

(Compiled & written by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, meibohmfinearts.com, sources: beta.worldcat.org, "Archivegrid: Smithsonian Institution - Archives of American Art; Publication information 1937"; norman.hrc.utexas.edu, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, "University of Reading: FOB Firms out of Business; Boni and Gaer; newspapers.com, online digitized newspaper article, The Cincinnati Inquirer (Cincinnati, OH), Pg. 7, Sunday, April 11, 1937; newspapers.com, online digitized newspaper article, The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, MD), Pg. 28, Thursday, May 6, 1937; books.google.com, "Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Vol. 22, Part 6, Number 1: Renewal Registrations; Works of Art", July-Dec, 1968.)