The Faux Louvre is a series of contemporary classic art by Benicia painter Mernie Buchanan. These affordable gouache (opaque watercolor) and pencil studies in colorful hand refinished frames are inspired by favorite masterpieces in great museums.

Purchasing Faux Louvre prints from the artist
Selecting art is very personal, and I believe the ordering process should be as well. Here are 18 popular images from Edition I. If you are interested in acquiring one or more prints, pick out your favorites and contact me by phone or
. Since the hand painted frames make each piece unique, I'll send some digitals of currently available art in a few different styles. If you have favorite colors or a theme, I'll be able to customize a selection. Call with your choice anytime between 7am and 10pm. I'll take the ordering information and have a chance to chat with a valued patron.

To see the entire Faux Louvre series of originals & prints in person, click the schedule of upcoming shows. Mernie will be showing at fine art fairs and festivals in California and Nevada during 2006. Look forward to seeing you!

Faux Louvre web prices include CA sales tax, shipping and handling.

Pagan & Christian

Angel in Adoration
Angelico - Louvre
PRT 002 7x5"

Flight into Egypt
Bassano-Norton Simon Museum
PRT 003 10x8"

Triumph of Flora
Tiepolo- Legion of Honor SF
PRT 004 7x5"

Madonna & Child

Boucher- Legion of Honor SF
PRT 006 10x8"

Venus & the Graces
Botticelli - Louvre
PRT 007 10x8"

Angel with Olives
Memling - Louvre
PRT 028 10x8"

Nike of Samothras
PRT 34 10x8"

The Three Graces
Regnault - Louvre
PRT 039 10x8"

The Goddess of Summer
Napoleon's Ceiling - Louvre
PRT 053 8x10"


Broken Pitcher
Bouguereau- Legion of Honor SF
PRT 008 10x8"

Mona Lisa
da Vinci - Louvre
PRT 016 10x8"

Portrait of Cecilia
da Vinci-Czarlorysky Museum
PRT 017 10x8"

The Bather
Ingres - Louvre
PRT 025 10x8"

Manet - Orsay
PRT 026 8x10"

The Gleaners
Millet - Louvre
PRT 030 8x10"


Landscape/Still life

White Turkeys
Monet - Orsay
PRT 031 10x8"

Still Life
Soreau-Norton Simon Museum
PRT 041 7x5"

Lemons & Oranges
Zurbaran-Norton Simon Museum
PRT 052 8x10"


All Faux Louvre prints are hand signed and numbered in limited editions of 500. Each frame is chosen and hand refinished by the artist to compliment each image.

Faux Louvre prints are also available for sale at the following fine gift stores:


Epperson Gallery in Crockett
1400 Pomona Street - one block off I80
open Wednesday through Sunday 11-5

Paris Flea Market in Walnut Creek
2050 N. Broadway - next to the main Post Office
open daily from 10-5