How long has Beaux Arts been in business?
A. Bob Schutze founded Beaux Arts in
Dallas in 1988.
Why the name Beaux Arts?
A. Beaux Arts (pronounced Bo-zár)
is French for “fine art” or “beautiful
art”. In the beginning, the core of the gallery’s
art was produced by former students of the world’s
preeminent fine art academy, the Ecole de Beaux Arts in
What are the primary offerings of the gallery now?
A. Fine Antiquarian Prints and Rare Maps
from 1500 through the early 1900’s in all subject
A. A core collection of contemporary
art for our demanding architectural and interior designer
clients; occasional original watercolors and oils; and
reproductions of the finest examples of our original prints
learn more about our amazing reproductions, click here.
Why did anyone bother to produce these prints 200,
300, 400 years ago?
A. To satisfy an insatiable appetite
for knowledge during a great age of intellectual discovery.
years ago Gutenberg’s invention of the printing
press ushered in an age of information that flourished
in the Renaissance and created a demand for books (and
fine illustrations) that continues to this day.
was no such thing as a middle class until the industrial
revolution in Europe produced one at the beginning of
the early 1800’s. Thus, the first 350 years of illustrated
books were aimed at the only market that existed –
that of nobility and their favored circle. And for anything
to be fit for a king (or queen) and to bring honor to
its producer, it had to be of the finest quality, no expense
spared. The engraving, the hand-coloring, the fine hand-made
cotton rag paper, all of the highest order – and
these illustrations were made more affordable for the
burgeoning middle class, the quality became lesser, not
greater. A print from say 1780 has no rival in beauty
or quality today. How many things in one’s life
can one say that about?
Why would someone buy an antique print when they could
buy an original piece of art?
A. Beaux Arts carries an enormous inventory
or original antique prints whose creation derived from
various sophisticated processes that result in a print
pulled from an artist’s rendering on copper, steel,
stone, wood or zinc. Although more than one print is pulled,
each is an original impression taken at the time of creation,
100, 200, 400 years ago. What we sell is considered fine
art by virtually every measure one can use.
There are many different kinds of prints, aren’t
A. Yes. To open our "Glossary of Print
Terms", click here.
Why buy an original for $100’s or even $1000’s?
I don’t care how old it is. I don’t want to
invest. Aren’t I a candidate for a nice reproduction?
A. These fine art prints are not expensive
because they are old. They are expensive because no technology
has ever replaced the exquisite beauty achieved using
these centuries-old techniques. They are more expensive
than a reproduction because they look that much better
than a reproduction. In truth, to hire the modern talent
and skill to create the same caliber of print would cost
an amount far beyond what it costs to buy these earlier
prints. You are paying more to get more. In that, there
is value. Or, if you’re still not convinced, you
can buy a reproduction.
Why buy from Beaux Arts? Why not from eBay or some
other source? You know, cut out the middleman.
A. Peruse our inventory. Study our prices.
Then compare to other dealers and/or auctions. The prices
here are excellent and include repair of critical
creases, tears or blemishes, restoring acidic paper to
the proper PH level, restoring color damaged from light
or fading and providing accurate evaluation of the origin,
date and production technique of your print. We are the
expert’s expert and one of the trades finest dealers.
We are honest and forever good natured because we love
what we do.