Oil on canvas laid on board painting of a small boats in a harbor nocturne, painted in a highly impressionistic hand, 10" by 14", unframed, signed at lower right by the noted Spanish artist LUIS GRANER Y ARRUFI (1863-1929) (sometimes known simply as Luis Graner). The scene is likely in Spain, where the artist is known to have painted harbor scenes of Barcelona. Graner was born there and after study in Barcelona and Rome, was in the United States by 1910, (including Southern California), notably spending considerable time in New Orleans between 1914 and 1922. He is often associated with that city today. He exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon between 1895 and 1910, winning medals at various competitions through the period. The artist's works have auctioned over $20,000. This example was found in as-is condition----very dirty and dull. Yost Studios in Connecticut cleaned it expertly, inpainted a few small losses, and rebacked it, while retaining the old original backing with an oval old label containing the number 301. A gold frame and perhaps the addition of a small light above it will really show this work at its best.
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