The 12 arty cards of Christmas

Wow your loved ones with a highbrow greeting card for their mantelpiece

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'Untitled' by David Shrigley Untitled

Pack of ten cards, £4. Tate Shop.

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'Snow at Kinkakuji' by Kawase Hasui

Pack of ten cards, £5.95. Art Fund.

Kawase Hasui, who is famous for his Japanese landscapes and his focus on the four seasons. His graphic style can easily be recognised thanks to the contrast he employs between light and shadow.

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'Christmas Fairy' by Andy Warhol

Pack of ten cards, £5.95. Art Fund.

This illustration is typical of the work for which Warhol became renowned as a commercial artist in New York in the 1950s. It demonstrates the intuitive blotted-line technique that, combined with vibrant colours, he used to bring his images to life.

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'Pudding Boy'

Pack of ten cards, £5. V&A.

Pudding Boy is adapted from a design in an album of cards collected by R.P. Gossop (1876–1951).

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'Horst Photograph for Vogue'

Pack of ten cards, £5. V&A.

The photograph was taken by Horst P. Horst (1906-99). The dress is by Worth and the jewellery by Mauboussin, modelled by Cora Hemmet for Vogue, 1935.

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The Illusion of Christmas

Pack of six cards, £5. Tate Shop.

For the third consecutive year Tate ran a competition in collaboration with the RCA School of Communication to select the best designs with a fresh approach to the theme of Christmas. These cards were designed by postgraduate students Signe Emma and Theodoulos Polyviou.

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'Winter Scene'

Pack of ten cards, £5. Art Fund.

This cards is adaptation of 'Winter Scene with Winding Track Marks on Snow' by I. Gardiner.

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'Fourrures de Weil'

Pack of ten cards, £4.50. Courtauld Gallery.

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'Santa'

Pack of six cards, £5. Tate Shop

For the third consecutive year Tate ran a competition in collaboration with the RCA School of Communication to select the best designs with a fresh approach to the theme of Christmas. These cards are designed by postgraduate student Hayley Warnham.

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'Robin'

Pack of ten cards, £5. Tate Shop.

These cards feature J M W Turner's 'Robin Redbreast'

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'Throwing Shapes'

Pack of six cards, £5. Tate Shop.

For the third consecutive year Tate ran a competition in collaboration with the RCA School of Communication to select the best designs with a fresh approach to the theme of Christmas. These cards were designed by postgraduate student Jade Rawling.

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'Bike Outside British Museum' by David Higham

Pack of eight cards, £4.99. British Museum.

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Send a Christmas card to be admired rather than buried this year and bag a box of season's greetings from one of London's galleries and museums. They offer some very attractive options, and profits often go towards the upkeep of the gallery, so your tiny piece of art should do some good as well as look good. Here are the Time Out Art team's favourites from 2014's selection. Check back soon for the best for 2015.


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