This is an extremely well painted **CONTEMPORARY** oil on canvas, 12" by 16" (18" by 22" nicely framed), executed in the style of notable late 19th century painters such as Jean Beraud (1849-1936) or James Tissot (1836-1902), the principal subject an elegantly dressed young mother with her equally elegantly attired daughter, the remainder of the scene filled with horse drawn carriages, and ladies and gentlemen going about their business in a leafy boulevard, perhaps in a grand park in Paris. The work is signed at lower left with a signature that resembles "J Soper", but which is actually the signature of oft-auctioned Spanish artist JUAN SOLER (1951-). This could actually use a bit of soiling and aging, which would enhance the already impressive presentation. The artist really has an understanding of the Belle Epoque paintings, as well as impressionist technique. Note the flickering brushstrokes especially at left center. This super clean, mint condition work just came out of a fine home in the flats of Beverly Hills. It will fit beautifully into its next home, and will be sure to elicit comments and admiration. A similar painting dating to the 19th century period would be very, very expensive, and the alternative is a print.
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