Oil on canvas scene of a central Parisian plaza by the Seine in the late 19th century, including an advertising kiosk, horse drawn wagons, and figures dressed in the manner of the times, the Seine and domed building in the background, 20" by 24" (28" by 32" framed), signed at lower right by the popular contemporary painter who signs as "G. SHERMAN". The scene is reminiscent of Caillebotte's or Pissarro's famous scenes of Paris, and a number of other impressionist artists who favored the always popular subject matter. Paintings signed by this artist are often listed in auction catalogs by some of the biggest houses in America as being by the listed artist Gail Corbett Sherman, who died in 1953, despite the canvas and so forth being very obviously by a contemporary late 20th century painter. Nevertheless works by this mysterious artist have achieved considerable popularity on their own merits, one having sold at Sotheby's for over $13,000, and others in the low to mid thousands quite commonly, based on the rich impressionist technique and classic subject matter. This example is in excellent condition and it is a lovely work that is ready for the wall. (A small patch has been applied to a very small puncture at far left edge, not even noticeable since the repair is professional). I would guess the work to have been executed in the late 1960's or perhaps early 1970's, as it has had some time to season, collecting a little light soiling.
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