W. Allen Cay (American, 19th Century) has very little background available in research. This is not unusual with antique paintings, in fact, many are valued and sold at very high prices without any signature, or with an illegible signature. Mr. Cay may have paintings in this category. Whether he does or not, we offer this lovely impressionist painting on its own merits. The artist obviously loved Japan, and rendered this artwork with the love he seems to have for Homoko, Japan. It is a charming scene, with buildings and people. The size of the tree seems to be the frame for the glimpse into the life of this Japanese village. The work of Theodore Wores, another renowned artist of the same period, seems hauntingly familiar to that of Cay. Wores was an artist with quite similar love of Homoko. I have wondered if possibly "W. Allen Cay" was an early nom de plume for Wores. Certainly the time frame would be correct. If it is an artwork by Wores, then this artwork would be valued substantially higher, since Wores work has sold for as much as $344,000.00. I do not consider myself knowledgeable enough to attribute it to Wores, but it certainly makes sense to me.
Medium: Oil On Canvas.
Title: "Homoko, Japan"
Size: 16 by 22 inches (40.6 by 55.9 cm); Framed Dimensions 20 1/2 by 26 by 2 Inches
Signed and titled lower right: "Homoko, Japan / W. Allen Cay"
Condition: Wax-lined canvas; there appears to be light craquelure with moderate frame wear. Work could benefit from a cleaning. Under UV exam, there appears to be inpainting along extreme edges, most notably along lower left edge.
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