Oil on canvas, 27 1/4" by 39 3/4" (32 1/4" by 44 3/4" with modern simple frame), signed at lower right by the artist and penciled notations on the stretcher as well, the subject most peaceful, consisting of a small pond with ducks and rowboat in a clearing, painted early in the 20th century by the noted Scandinavian artist OTTO PETERSEN BALLE (1865-1916). Balle's works are held in many collections in Denmark, and some especially fine examples have sold at auctions, one at Sotheby's. This work is very nicely painted, with a wide range of greens in the composition. It is a most calming scene that would be very easy to live with and enjoy for years to come. The painting has acquired a small puncture at upper left that will need to be attended to, and there's a small vertical abrasion at upper center, but once thus restored it will be good for another hundred years of display. See the net for other examples of his work and even a photo of the artist as he would have looked around the time this was painted. .
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