Old Russian painting of a night winter landscape with figures, oil on canvas, 12 1/2" by 18" as framed, signed with Cyrillic letters "P O" at lower right. To date I have been unable to match the letters to any particular artist (nor could the Christie's Russian art specialist, when she saw it). The painting is extremely soiled and the canvas very uneven (could be described as sunken in, and the ripples "hardened" over time). Cleaned up and restored to a flat surface, this would be quite improved. It is difficult to guess at the age, but had I to make a guess, I would suggest the 1920's or 1930's, due to the original framing and materials.
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