Self-Portrait with Two Pupils (detail). Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris). Oil on canvas, 83 x 59 1/2 in., 1785. Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.5)
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A Gift for Every Artist

The Met Store offers creative gift ideas for artists of all talents and temperaments

When you’re short of ideas of what to get those Michelangelos and Monets on your list, look no further than The Met Store’s range of gifts for artists. And whether your artist friends are moody or scholarly, dour or keen on bright colors, presents inspired by the Museum’s mission and The Met collection let you give them dash of artistry.

 

For the Old Soul

Self-Portrait (detail, right). Frederick William MacMonnies (American 1863–1937). Oil on canvas, 31 x 25 in., ca. 1904. Purchase, Mrs. James W. Fosburgh Gift, 1967 (67.72)

 

For creative friends who look to the example of 19th-century landscape painters, our Luxury Linen Watercolor Set ($150) is easy to transport to alfresco art-making sessions.

 

For the Intense Romantic

Self-Portrait (detail, left). Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615–1673). Oil on canvas, 39 x 14 1/4 in. Bequest of Mary L. Harrison, 1921 (21.105)

 

This Met-branded, spiral-bound Logo Sketchbook ($15) offers 120 blank pages on which your most intense creator friends can pour out their souls. 

 

For the Virtuoso of Line

Self-Portrait (detail, right). Egon Schiele (Austrian 1890–1918). Watercolor, goauche, and graphite on paper, 20 1/4 x 13 3/4 in., 1911. Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.298ab)

 

This Met Store–exclusive set of pastels by Caran d’Ache ($40) lets illustrators showcase their skills in sketching, modeling, cross-hatching, and other drawing techniques. Masterpieces aren’t just made from oil on canvas, after all.

 

For the Irrepressible Colorist

Artist (detail, left). L. T. P. Manjusri (Sri Lankan, 1902–1982). Watercolor on paper, 14 7/8 x 12 in., 1974. Gift of Lin Lougheed, 2016 (2016.754.1)

 

Exuberant makers need a full palette of hues with which to express their joy. That’s why our Met Store–exclusive Caran d’Ache Art Set ($150) offers watercolor, Aquerelle crayons, and colored pencils in a rainbow of colors.

 

For the Artist-Scholar

Portrait of the Artist (detail, right). Thomas Sully (American 1783–1872). Oil on canvas, 17 1/8 x 14 in., 1821. Gift of Mrs. Rosa C. Stanfield, in memory of her father, Henry Robinson, 1894 (94.23.3)

 

The best-selling, lavishly produced The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings ($75) offers some 1,100 illustrations of over more than 500 pages, drawing on The Met collection of 5,000 years of art. Any artist will find something to love in this volume.

 

 

 

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