This is a very attractive impressionist work, 18" by 23 3/4" (24" by 29" as framed), unsigned, the subject a line of trees, fading sunlight filtering through them, all in a green and brown palette that seems very Arts and Crafts in feeling. I think the work was likely executed in the 1940's or thereabouts. The stretcher is new, and I am trying to decide if the painting has been lined on a newer canvas. The seller told me this work came from the recently broken up estate of Swiss-American artist EMILIO LANZI (1884-1965) so I feel confident that this is indeed a work of that artist. For some time now his beautiful paintings, some quite large, have circulated in the Los Angeles area, a hoard of them having entered the market at one time. Lanzi is most definitely an underrated artist in the marketplace, judging from the quality of the works I have seen. Note the beautiful 1920's or 1930's frame accompanying the painting. I don't know if they are "married" but they work beautifully together. The painting was apparently rolled for a long period of time, since there is vertical, parallel craquelure as is often seen when canvases have been rolled. I've tried to give a sense of this in some images. That notwithstanding, this is a most attractive work that would look really fine in a Mission or Arts and Crafts bungalow type house. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS NOW IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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