Britney Spears buys a painting off the sidewalk

Britney peaks the career of a starving artist.

Britney Spears is not known for being a patron of the arts, and on Saturday she made it clear that her tastes steer quite far from that of a connoisseur.

After making a run to Target in Westlake, California, the pop star pulled over to peruse a female artist's shop on the side of the road.

The 31-year-old bought a gaudy oil painting of a generic French street scene that appeared to have been copied from a postcard from Paris.

But apparently the artist could not have been bothered to bring any sense of authenticity to her painting as the shops lacked names altogether and simply advertised their particular type of business.

The awnings for the shops brandished nothing more than titles such as hotel, restaurant, and cafe - making no attempt at even mimicking an actual street in Paris.

The painting featured a quiet lane lined with shops captured in the glow of mid-afternoon sunlight.

Britney took ample time to discuss the painting with its artist and did her best to make an informed decision.

Other paintings at the roadside stand reportedly ranged in price from $600 to $1,200.

After making her selection, the Baby One More Time singer had her bodyguard make room for the artwork in the trunk of her SUV.

The former teen pop star made her foray into the art world dressed in grey joggers and a pair of orange-laced trainers.

She also wore a blue exercise top and a burgundy hooded jumper.

Once known as the Princess of Pop, Britney hid her highly recognisable face behind a pair of discreet aviator sunglasses and wore her famous hair in a casual pony tail.

The Scream & Shout singer is fresh from a very public breakup with Jason Trawick.

The pair dated for three years and the mother-of-two recently admitted she will 'always love' her former fiance.

Britney added: 'Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends.'

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