Oil on canvas painting of a forest in autumn or possibly winter, 13" by 20" (16" by 23" framed), not signed on front but inscribed on canvas reverse "Hommage reconnaissance a M. Fr. Tompkins/J. Caron/1909". A title also appears there, "Sous Bois en XXXXX" (unreadable). This is a highly impressionistic work by listed Belgian artist JOSEPH CARON (1866-1944). Caron appears to have painted primarily landscapes, almost always with an impressionist hand. The impressionistic brushwork in this example is most impressive. Paintings by the artist appear with some frequency at auction houses in Belgium. This work suggests that the artist was familiar with French Barbizon painters like Narcisse Diaz de la Pena, who often painted close-up forest interiors. Condition is excellent. A light cleaning and varnish would be desirable but not mandatory. Mid century frame and dated linen liner are not especially flattering to the painting.
JOSEPH CARON (1866-1944) Belgian art impressionist painting of forest in autumn