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What happened to all of Bob Ross’ paintings?

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Derick Treutel
January 02, 2020 9:23PM

Most of those happy little trees have a happy little home in Virginia at the Bob Ross Inc. headquarters. According to the company’s president, Joan Kowalski, Ross gave many paintings away over the course of his life, but the company still owns over 1,000 of his iconic paintings and plans to hold on to them.

However, the Smithsonian did acquire a few pieces in 2019 including:

  • paintings
  • an easel used in the first season of The Joy of Painting
  • and fan letters.
  • The museum currently has no concrete plans to display them, but eventually, they’ll go up in the National Museum of American History.

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Natasha Moore
January 08, 2020 7:01PM
Throughout the course of his 11-year career hosting his PBS show “The Joy of Painting,” Bob Ross is estimated to have painted approximately 1,143 paintings — three of the same painting per episode. So where are all those paintings now? A recent investigation by the New York Times revealed that the majority of Ross’ paintings are stored at the Virginia headquarters of Bob Ross Inc. under the watchful eye of Ross’ longtime business partner Annette Kowalski and her daughter Joan, the president of the company. Unfortunately for those interested in purchasing one of Ross’ famous oil landscapes, the Kowalskis apparently have no intention of selling them, as that “wasn’t really Bob’s thing.” “It actually has never really occurred to us,” Joan told the New York Times during a video interview. “We’ve never really talked about it.” However, they have donated some of Ross’ paintings to the Smithsonian to be part of a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Ross’ paintings will be featured alongside the work of other American icons like Julia Childs and Mr. Rogers. RELATED STORIES
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Autumn Marron
January 10, 2020 2:15AM
He probably recycles them or keeps them on display. Who knew?
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Hey Jingli
3 days ago
An investigation by the New York Times revealed that the majority of Ross' paintings are stored at the Virginia headquarters of Bob Ross Inc. under the watchful eye of Ross' longtime business partner Annette Kowalski and her daughter Joan, the president of the company.
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Rogelio Rendon
4 days ago
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oh no
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Hoey Bro
6 days ago
they blew up
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Armando Hinojosa
January 10, 2020 6:56PM
I have them in my basement $10 dollars for them.
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Andrew Wong
6 days ago
the are getting canceled because the are bad
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Melissa Maciel Ceja
January 10, 2020 5:04AM
burned down
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J Turtle
January 10, 2020 11:01PM
Thay blew up
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Ruchi Jain
January 10, 2020 12:16AM
bob
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Lilyana Wilson
January 09, 2020 11:33PM
it got snap
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Staffono Stubbs
January 08, 2020 5:53AM
he sold them all to buy cocaine
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JT Schley
January 07, 2020 7:39PM
Mabey you should ask him.