Oil on canvas of what would appear to be a domestic family scene, measuring 28" by 31 1/2", unframed, signed at lower left in capital letters "GUYARD". There does not appear to be a listed artist who could be associated with this name, despite the fine skills demonstrated by the artist. I have researched the painting and have concluded that this might be very well be (or, probably is---though I can't be absolutely certain) a painting by the listed French artist PIERRE-EUGENE DUTEURTRE (1911-1989), who signed the painting with a pseudonym, for some unknown reason. Generally artists in the 19th and 20th centuries have turned to signing names other than their own on works if they wanted to bypass their dealer handlers---wanting to sell directly to the public at large. The work here is a virtually exact match for the paintings of this Duteurtre artist. See examples of his paintings online, works that have been offered at auction in recent years. I'd guess the painting dates to the 1970's or 1980's, judging from the handling and the materials. The painting has some unevenness of the canvas, and some stretcher bar show-through, and a few creases of unknown origin, one being diagonal and about 14" long, and one vertical near the center of the canvas. The creases or whatever one might call them are best viewed on the reverse side, as they are quite lost in the busy scene. This is a colorful, highly decorative painting, reminding one of paintings from galleries like Wally Findlay.
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