Art was truly Vincent Price's greatest passion.
Many times, as legend will attest, he appeared in substandard films
to fund his phenomenal art collection. His philosophy was that
everyone should come in contact with art. This was the rationale for
his famous alliance with Sears-Roebuck during the 1960's that saw
him purchasing original works of art for Sears shoppers to purchase
for themselves. It was also what caused him to donate a portion of
his own collection to serve as the nucleus for East Los Angeles
College's Vincent Price Gallery, probably his most fitting monument.
for art was ignited as a child, but it wasn't until his
grand tour of Europe as a teen that it blazed. Here he
is with others in his tour.
Price was taken quite seriously by the art world. Art
experts removed from the world of show business claimed him
as their own.
Vincent was the cover story for the debut issue of Arts &
Antiques magazine. It was his 'double life' as
actor and art expert that drew many everyday people to
investigate the arts.
Sometimes Price could combine both worlds, too. Here
he is as real-life author and arts patron Carl Carmer in the
1964 film Convicts 4 (aka Reprieve).
Vincent (and several other actors) did a series of books
with accompanying slides and records. Here's the one
he narrated about The Louvre.
tastes spanned all ages and styles. Here he is with an
African piece from his own collection.
Sears also maintained a Vincent Price Gallery at its Chicago
headquarters. Here is a catalog of Daumier pieces then
Vincent Price, the collector! Leafing through a
portfolio of prints while seated before a wall of
pre-Columbian and native American pottery.
Whenever Price visited a community for a performance or
lecture, he'd also involve himself in its local arts.
Here he is in Syracuse, NY helping to keep a famous work in
a local museum.
Making fine art available to the common person was the aim
of Price and Sears-Roebuck. Price would select the
pieces to be offered, and Sears would sell them in stores
and by catalog. Here's a rare catalog with some
amazing pieces that were being offered.
Here's an exhibition catalog from a posthumous
exhibition/appreciation held by the East LA College Vincent
Price Gallery. Please visit their site to learn more.
The link is on this site's links page.