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ANGEL ESPOY (1879-1963) California plein air art vintage impressionist painting stream among oak trees
For the collector of quality listed California art, this is a fine rendition of oak trees along a quiet shaded stream, measuring 20" by 30" (24 1/2" by 35 1/2" as framed in its original period frame). It's signed by the artist at lower right and on reverse stretcher in pencil, "The Oaks" is written twice, as well as "Original oil by Angel Espoy" in old hand. There is an old original blue label on reverse from Royar's Frame Shop, 717 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles. This painting was found in Connecticut and apparently was in the inventory of a New York dealer for many years before that, so it's fresh to the California market. Condition is good overall though the painting very much needs a cleaning to show off the beautiful subtle colors underneath, and there's about a one inch shallow cut in the canvas above the signature area, and a little paint cracking at lower left. Signature is a little difficult to read due to dust and slight glare in the photos. Frame is old and original and attractive with the painting though it also shows its age. Espoy is a familiar name among collectors of California paintings, his seaside hillsides with poppies being very popular. Overall his prices have risen considerably in very recent years, and works like this one are one reason they have done so. Shipping wizard figures are guesstimate. .
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