Oil on board painting (24" by 18", frame 1 1/4" on a side), the subject a dirt road in a flaming autumn forest landscape, birch trees on either side, the sun dappled shadows violet, signed at lower right by the talented artist GEORGE FOREST PAYNE. Measures Payne does not seem to have a biography but his paintings of autumn landscapes and coastal dunes, in the Northeast, have appeared at auction. This piece was found in Maine. Most certainly he was very familiar with Impressionist technique. This is an exceptionally beautiful work. It is very slightly bowed and loose in the frame (likely the original), and there is some frame abrasion well below the signature, but otherwise will need no work before you can hang it on your wall and step into autumn splendor.
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