French Realism Oil and Watercolor Paintings

Chicago, Illinois · 374 Sales


French Realism Oil and Watercolor Paintings

Chicago, Illinois 374 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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tyazel2 on Apr 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very nice. I will order again. Makes nice gift for clients and friends.

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Mimi B on Apr 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful picture! I love all the looks so real, I feel like I am in it. How nice to be able to keep the wonderful memories of Marshall Field's alive!

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Underpainting (Friday) of painting I finished today

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Plein air painting from Saturday April 15 at Wells Park, Chicago

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Taking advantage of amazing Chicago weather last weekend in Rogers Park

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Layering my way into the light

First of all - thank you for reading this page and researching the seller before you make an art purchase - kudos to you!

Secondly, welcome to Art de Joie on Etsy where the actual realism oil painting will always look better than the online preview! This is the place to go if you appreciate detail and authentic drawing technique! Art de Joie is Art of Joy, the award-winning Chicago artist Joy Appenzeller Bauer. Please, please do Google me - I am not one of the internet only Etsy "artists" and I can assure you that if you buy one of my original paintings - you won't see the same or extremely similar image listed again the next day. My original paintings are 100% OOAK (one of a kind). I am probably as upset as any legitimate real artist here by the proliferation of art reproduction factories and their deceptive fast money practices.

All my oil paintings are created entirely by hand (no projector, tracing or use of other electronic aids) and are either composed from my own reference photography or are executed “en plein air” (on site).

I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 where I refined traditional French impressionism and urban realism oil painting techniques. After art school, I focused on commissioned portraits for 15+ years while working in advertising/corporate communications and earning an MBA. As a senior manager, I travelled around the world and built up a repertoire of reference photography.

Although equally comfortable with figures, I now concentrate mostly on landscapes and cityscapes, capturing the character and atmosphere of each traveled location. On account of multiple marriages, my art post 2003 is signed without a last name – simply “Joie” (Joy in French).

I currently reside in Skokie, IL (one suburb away from the city of Chicago) with work on display at several galleries, museums, juried art shows/fairs, and even on prime time TV (CBS's The Good Wife and ABC's Mind Games). All of my Chicago limited edition prints and some original paintings are available at Fortune Discoveries Art & Design in Lincoln Park, Chicago. For more information on me and event details, please visit or

Member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Plein Air Painters of Illinois, and the Skokie Art Guild.

*Note that if I don't have exactly what you are looking for - please convo me anyway, as am happy to give a referral to someone else I have vetted and can vouch for is also a real person/successful independent artist. Please also feel free to view my favorites which is almost all fine art: or have a look at this art team:


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  • Joy Appenzeller Bauer

    Owner, Artist

    Hi- I'm Joy, a semi-famous, award-winning realism artist specializing in representational oil and watercolor paintings. I am a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about me, please visit

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions

If I am a local Chicagoland customer, can I pick up my purchase?

Yes, I do offer a pick up option at my Skokie studio and shipping charges will be refunded at that time.

Can paper prints be rolled?

No. My limited edition paper prints are of the highest quality and can not be rolled or bent. They ship flat in protective cardboard.

Do you take commissions?

Only if I can use my own reference photography or paint your subject locally en plein air so I retain full copyright protection. I do not work from other people's photography or illustrations.

Can I order an image in another size?

No. All available print sizes are already listed.

Do you have a gallery?

Yes! Please visit Fortunate Discoveries at 1022 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60614. This Lincoln Park gallery carries all my Chicago paper prints and also features 2-3 of my original paintings if you want to see my technique up close in person before you make a purchase.

I am also very active on the Chicago fine art festival circuit.