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Superb Antique Oil Painting, Horse and Monkeys, French Listed Artist: Alfred Justin BLONDEAU (1850-?)
I've researched our artist, Alfred Justin BLONDEAU (1850-?), and find many references to his paintings selling at the fine auction houses. The highest sale was a large landscape, sold at Sotheby's London in 1990 for $42,000 (hammer). That same painting, however, brought under $12,000 in a 2009 auction in Genoa, so suffered in recession year and perhaps a forced sale. We do not have a death date for this artist, but it appears most of his paintings are done in late 1800s, and I found nothing after 1900. That is not to say he died young. We just do not have more information. The painting you see here, "Singerie au Cheval" (monkeys and horse) is a wonderful small masterpiece by this noted artist. While the monkeys are obviously up to no good, the horse stands relaxed and the dog poised and charming in a drapery of costumer there in front of the drum. Festive, you can almost imagine the menagerie entertaining at Versailles, can't you? Only the animals' master is missing from view. The painting is not as grand in size as his painting that sold earlier for $42,000+, but I find it a good deal more charming. I think you might, as well. The composition is stellar, the palette like an Old Master and the stroke hinting at Impressionist - loose and lively, competent beyond words.
Very good condition for age and type. You can see the typical crackling of the old oil painted surface. And there are a few very tiny spots lower left that have a paint chip missing here and there (very small - a quite simple touch-up for a competent restorer, should you wish to have it done). There are 3 small patches visible on backside that evidence old and earlier small restorations. Painting is on linen canvas stretched on the original stretcher boards, nice and firm still. The frame would appear to be the old original, and is rather simple, a perfect way to present this elaborate and rich surfaced painting. Painting is firmly mounted in the frame with a rather recent addition of the 2 fixtures you see on backside, so the painting is not moving or loose. Nicely done. The outer frame is 19" x 16", and stretched canvas is 16" x 12 3/8". I've added some ArtPrice reference material from my research, as well. I did not find this painting on ArtPrice. Our price is low based on this artist's selling work, however. And I'm in love with the painting, can certainly stand to enjoy it as it waits for its next owner.
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