A very decorative and beautifully painted oil on canvas of a black woman's head in profile, a focal point being the finely painted pearl earring near the center of the composition, signed at lower left "GRAHAME" dated there 87, and with title on stretcher "Le Pendentif" (The Pendant). Note the artistic license the artist has taken with his interpretation of the hair area. The painter is celebrated Belgian artist PIERRE GRAHAME (1938-1996), who passed away at the young age of 57. Grahame was known for his paintings of women and children. In 1997 the nation honored his contributions to the fine arts with a postage stamp bearing an image of one of his works. He was a teacher in the Liege area of eastern Belgium for many years. This example is unframed, 20" by 15 3/4. It is painted on a thin canvas through which some light can be seen. There is dry surface, an area of abrasion near top of her hair, and some whitish blanched areas (foreign matter?) at lower left and lower right. Grahame's works have brought to over $2,000 at auction in Belgium.
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