Oil on canvas laid on board painting of a man and two female companions, relaxing in a sun dappled forest in summer, the gentleman playing a guitar, the women in feminine dress with bonnets and hats. The work, (24" by 30", and mid 20th century frame 4" on a side), has for years defied my efforts to identify the artist, as the signature at lower right is very difficult indeed. It appears to begin with a "B", and I have tried combinations such as "Brettschneider" to no avail. My best guess as to the age would place this as circa 1920's to 1940's. I thought it might be German or Hungarian, but again that is uncertain; it could even be American. It has been long ago laid crudely on this old board, which is not perfectly flat. The tacking edge is visible at top, flattened out; and there is overall grime, lumpy, uneven canvas, and light wear on the paint. That said, the paint is stable. A simple cleaning would be very welcome and would improve the presentation, and the frame and stained mid century mat are not complementary. Feel free to contact me should you be able to determine the name of the mystery artist, who was obviously inspired by Manet's famous 19th century painting "Dejeuner Sur L'herbe", which featured two men and a naked woman in a glade. That painting was shocking, in its day, but has been quite influential since its creation in the 1860's.
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