Oil on canvas, 18" by 24" and 1 1/2" wide white and gold painted frame, signed at lower left "EH Deffner '51" and inscribed on reverse "Sweetheart Lake/E.H. Deffner 10-'51/$150.00". This is a beautifully executed work by a talented artist, on whom I have not located a listing. From the subject matter I would suspect this work to be from the Pacific Northwest, like Oregon, Washington, or Northern California. There is a decidedly modernistic handling to the leaves on the tree at right. The reflection of the volcano's cone is handled with skill. Condition is original, meaning soiling accumulated over more than 50 years, so, a cleaning would be nice, but you wouldn't have to do that to enjoy the art. Seen from the reverse are two light pressure marks at left side of the scene, not visible from the front, as they are lost in the busy design.
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