Oil on canvas, 24" by 36" and 3 3/4" wide silver/goldish frame, signed at lower left by noted alpine scene artist HANS BARMA (1903-1978). This is an eye-catching painting of good size, by an artist demonstrating tremendous skill in the handling of light. The alpenglow on the distant peaks at sunset (dawn?), the shadowed areas, the areas in bright sun.....all handled with great control. The most famous painter of winter mountain landscapes in this style was Lazslo Neogrady, the works of whom sell regularly at auction in the low thousands of dollars. Neogrady had some imitators but most lack his skill; Barma seems to be nearly his equal, at least in this particular work. Barma's works sell regularly in Europe at the likes of Christie's and other houses. There is a possible title on the stretcher overlap: "Zueglhutte" or something similar. The painting is in excellent condition, save for a 1 1/2" puncture at lower left in the snow, and a very small additional puncture adjacent to that. There are a few very, very light abrasions elsewhere; all of the flaws could be easily handled by any professional restorer. The frame was found separately from the painting but I believe they are exceptionally well suited for each other. The frame bears a "Made in China" sticker and is likely not solid wood, or even part plastic, but it most definitely has the appearance of a hand carved wood frame now often offered on the art market. All in all this is a highly decorative painting which will grace any interior.
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