For the investment collector, we offer a superb original large oil painting by well listed American artist, Frederick VEZIN, who was born in Philadelphia in 1859, and died in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1933. His work is sold well at auction houses, Christie's and Sotheby's and other international venues, ranging from mid-$50,000 US to the $160,000 ranges, evindenced from past sales. From Artprice, my research shows a most recent selling price in 2013 for one of this artist's canvases, and that sale realized $166,021 hammer, to which the auctioneer's commission would have been added, for a total nearer $180,000. VEZIN is more noted for his Impressionist interiors, and our photos show another similar to the one we have for sale. Rich palette, dreamy impressionistic representation of sumptuous European interiors, creating a mood of serene elegance. The painting we offer is signed by artist, not a copy - an original of the artist's work. Of course we stand behind all our items, particularly something like this one. The painting was reportedly done in 1907, though I do not see that date written on the label nor included in signature. The dress and feel is certainly Belle Epoch, the Golden Age, and 1907 would be right for that.
This is an important painting. We might well deliver this to auction through Christie's or Sotheby's but since our business has been build online, we wanted to offer it here first and give our buyer the benefit of a better price, hopefully, than if it must go to international prestigious auction house clientele. So for a bit we will offer here - don't miss out.
As you can see from your own online research, or a posted quick list we've added in our photos spread of this item, the artist is very solidly listed, collected, included in museum collections, exhibited widely in prestigious galleries and inlcuded in many works of literature. Internationally recognized, he was exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1893, and also studied at the Academy of Dusseldorf, working there in early 1900s, up until his death in 1933 in that city. You will find a more complete biography if you look at a copy of Bénézit édit Gründ 1999, vol 14, page 199. This painting comes out of an important old estate collection (private, name not made public) and has not been previously offered, according to the information we have on this painting.
The painting is in a palette with darker colors, green primary to the scene. Contemplative rather than somber, it has a general feeling of serenity. One can frame it to one's taste and decor, though I envision it with a wonderful old wide and elaborate Belle Epoch frame, probably gilded. It is a painting that will need a setting where natural light brings its beauty out, or will need to be lighted in display. The photos were taken without added light, but with a tripod and slow aperture to capture it as well as possible for our viewer.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The oil painting is accomplished on a linen canvas, still on the original stretchers and quite tightly mounted still. You see a handwritten label is partially intact, noting name of sitter, though we can't make it out. Perhaps M. Christrup? noted and (interior). We do not know the artist's name for this painting, sorry. It is without frame, and at 32" x 24", it is a fine representation of the artist's work. Very little damage to the canvas, though you see a little bit of loss at bottom center which was probably due to the removal of the original frame (which we do not possess). There are no holes in canvas, no rips. You can see our difficulty in photographing to try to minimize glare from the shiny oil painted surface, but you can also see tiny white reflections that are just some dust dots we weren't successful in removing ahead of photographer's work, sorry. The painting is both remarkable and opulently conceived, designed - a testament to the recognized value of this artist's work. Art remains one of the greatest investments and hedge against market decline, remember. This is the finest we've offered to date. You're used to us bringing antiques to market for many many years now, and yet my first love is art and paintings are fast entering our inventory (and selling very well for us). Watch for more of fine quality!
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