Oil on wood panel, 20" by 13 1/2", (51 cm. by 34 cm.), plus 1 1/2" wide modern simple frame, signed at lower left corner by the important Hungarian artist GYULA TORNAI (1861-1928). This is a scene of an exotic Japanese temple, a kimono-wearing lady praying. There is old writing on the reverse, " temple Kyoto", and "Nioloban" being the only words I can make out. Also at lower left, verso, there remains portions of a tattered old label with "TORNAI _GY_____" as shown. I imagine this to be a study or sketch for a larger painting. At least two large and important Japanese-subject matter works by the artist have brought over $100,000 at auction, among the highest prices the artist has ever brought at auction (see results, Bonhams New York, October 2010 and November 2013). Tornai was born in Hungary, and academically trained. Today he is known for his Orientalist scenes, which are popular at auctions. Condition is excellent.
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