PAIR of oils on canvas, each 12 1/2" by 16", framed to 18 3/4" by 22" (although the frames are not quite identical), each signed by the listed French artist of Brittany, PIERRE TESTU. The scenes are quite charming, with atmospheric handling of the moist and foggy coastal air. Testu's biography is not established, it seems, but there are extant works dated as early as 1896 from what I can see, and he evidently specialized in such genre scenes of mussel, oyster, and other shellfish gatherers on the Breton beaches. This pair of works would seem to date to the mid 20th century, circa 1950; I suggest they might be late works by an artist who would have been born around 1875. Condition is good generally with some rumpled, uneven canvas, and each has a tiny puncture or near puncture in the sky at upper right. There is a minor abrasion in the rock at far left on the painting with mother and her boy waving. Testu's works have sold well at European auctions. .
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