website is dedicated to those who have a passion for fine
art and who are on a quest for affordable investment art.
Whether you are an experienced collector, cautious
beginner or serious investor, we are proud to present a
range of artworks that merge the demands for aesthetic
enjoyment with the highest potential for long term
appreciation - financial or personal.
Our artwork falls into 5 categories. Every month Joanne
Bergen (a.k.a. The Artophile) selects two pieces for each of
the following categories to be featured as our recommended
choice of affordable investment art:
Grand Masters: There is a general misconception that
only the very privileged (a.k.a. "the rich") can
own original works by major artists such as Picasso, Masson,
Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, etc. In fact, a major segment of the
art market is the limited edition original print - an art
form that rigorously tests the artist's technical limits - a
challenge that all adventuresome artists love. These works
were hand-signed by those same artists whose oils on canvas
command several million dollars in today's auctions.
Contemporary: During Joanne's 25 years in
international art, she has worked with many emerging talents
who have gone on to achieve world-wide recognition and
appreciation through having their works purchased by
museums, exhibition galleries and major corporate and
private collections. In this section you'll find exciting,
inspiring and affordable recent works. These are the
masterworks of tomorrow.
Art Deco and Pochoir: Every Artophile has to have a
favorite period. Joanne calls the period between 1916 and
1931 "the age of grand elegance." She amassed an
exceptional personal collection of artwork that reflects the
amazing evolution in graphics, design and fashion of these
magic years. "I believe that art history will
ultimately record the 1920's as the most exciting and
captivating decade of the 20th Century. For this
reason," the Artophile says, "artwork from this
period is poised to appreciate substantially in value."
Antique: Works on Paper: A major, worldwide trend in
collecting is the growing appreciation and demand for works
from the earliest days of printing. Here you will find pages
from the Nuremberg Chronicles, as well as specially
commissioned works from the 15th and 16th centuries,
stunning architectural renderings and engraved botanical
works that represent state of the art from the 1700's and
1800's. "These are surprisingly affordable
pieces," advises the Artophile, "that, because of
their current re-discovery, could well be impossible to find
in a few short years."
Antique: Music and Manuscripts: Over the years Joanne
has embraced another collecting specialty - antique works on
parchment or vellum that have been hand-written and
embellished. The antiphonal music pages in this section go
right back to the liturgical ceremonies of the 13th century.
The Psalter pages displayed in tempura and gold leaf were
brilliantly and painstakingly ornamented by hand before
Columbus discovered America. For those with a passion for
historical documents with artistic merit, the Indentures on
vellum spanning the 18th and 19th centuries display
beautiful calligraphy and margin decoration. Handsome,
delightful, unique and irreplaceable.
The Artophile Unmasked…
Joanne Bergen has always had a passion for visually
arresting and unusually aesthetic art. After receiving her
MA in Fine Art from Concordia University (Montreal), Joanne
began her career in Paris, France, when she worked as a
consultant for Art Concorde, a major left bank art
publishing house. During this time Joanne launched a series
of investment seminars in French, German, and English, which
led to explosive growth in her marketing of Picasso, Chagall,
Matisse, Miro, Moore - all the surrealists, the Ecole de
Eventually Joanne opened "Galerie Joanne
Bergen" in Frankfurt, Germany. She continued to expand
her reach by opening in Johannesburg, South Africa, where
she serviced galleries, corporations and investors.
Since then, she has built an international clientele of
art investors and galleries on four continents and has
placed artworks in the offices and boardrooms of such
companies as Chrysler Corporation, I.B.M, Microsoft, Anglo
American Corp. and South African Breweries.
Today Joanne divides her time between her home base in
Port Perry Ontario, Canada and her "second
office" in Heidelberg, Germany.
Joanne Bergen is available for lectures, seminars,
private investment consultations, and evaluations.