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Antique Oil Painting, Impressionist Portrait of a Charming Matron, Elegant French Art Nouveau Frame, 33" x 26.5"
In from France and signed by the artist, this fabulous oil painting and its equally fabulous frame date to 1880-1910 and is the portrait of a matron. Superb palette, the kind of portrait that makes a room! Our French artist for this one is Roland Brohee, I do not find the artist as 'listed', but I have not accessed French databases, either. Still, a lively palette and sedate sitter combine to create a superb Impressionist composition and work that you'll love hanging in your own home. Oh, if only we knew her, knew her story. I feel certain she was a woman who championed young artists in Paris in an important time, and yet we do not know. Both frame and painting survive in very good form.
Very good to excellent condition and superbly crafted in the loose Impressionist manner, housed in a Belle Epoch frame that has an Art Nouveau feel to it, and is in fine shape as well. The painting suffered a light push/crease on the canvas which required a small restoration. The area was traversing the eyebrow (her right, to left of painting) and to the outer corner of that eye), and has been well done to the extent we only mention it lightly. Not a tear, just a rub. And now touched up and not visible. One note: The frame on this painting is wood with a sort of cardboard-like composite molding over it. It's not plaster on wood. I've never really seen a frame done like this. It's not pristine, but it does show well as you can see. There's one area on side where you can tell it's been repaired a bit. You can see some wear to the very corners and I've tried to show that, too in a photo below. You'd never notice it when she's hanging on the wall, however. But I wanted to go into more detail with you on the frame being unusual.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
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