Oil on beveled heavy oak panel painting of a man and a woman talking through the iron bars of a large wall opening of a residence compound, providing a view into more greenery beyond, potted flowering plants and vines framing the central imagery, 14 1/4" by 8 1/2", unframed, signed in red at lower right "F. GOMEZ SOLANO" and dated there 1891. This is a charming little gem of a painting with fine detail and wonderful handling of the Mediterranean sunlight and shadow. Rather surprisingly I am unable to find an artist by this name in the auction records, despite considerable internet searching. I am sure he was likely known in his time. When found the painting was dirty and had some losses at top and bottom, but a high quality restoration including cleaning and modest inpainting in non critical areas has brought back its original beauty. A wide, deep ornate gold antique frame, if it could be found to fit, would bring this full circle. More research could turn up information on the artist.
F. GOMEZ SOLANO (19th century Spain) antique oil on panel painting of flirting couple