Old oil on gray art board landscape painting, 6" by 9" (10 3/4" by 14" in modern day framing), signed at lower right in red in a tight old hand "O. Farsky" with the "Antwerpen" nearby. At first glance this looks like an American Hudson River style oil, with fine detail, a split rail fence, and the structures in the center left area, which look more American than European. Farsky was from Bohemia, receiving art schooling in Prague during the late 1870's. He was known to have traveled to Italy, France and Holland on painting trips, and, apparently, immigrated to the United States, to California, late in life. He had two sons who were also artistically gifted, and their names are similar to his. It appears from studying the auction records that as often happens, the auction records and biographies are hopelessly confused. I believe this to be by the father and not by the sons based on the fine detailed technique (the sons' later works tended to be more impressionistic), and the "Antwerpen"; another painting, of a priest or cardinal in red, is signed similarly, and bears this geographic notation, and it is obviously in the 19th century style. Considering the evidence, I am comfortable saying this is the work of the father. The present work is in good condition save for surface dirt and soiling, apparent especially in the sky; and there are a few tiny pinpoint losses. A professional light cleaning would be beneficial.
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