Oil on board painting of a European village scene: an intimate cobblestoned lane winds between Old World houses, as a threatening sky looms above. The work is unframed and measures 26" by 20 1/2". It is signed at lower right and dated there "12" (the year 1912). The artist is ALBERT ABRAMOVITZ (1879-1963). Abramovitz was born in Riga, Latvia. He received art training at the Imperial Art School of Odessa, Russia, then went on to further study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. By 1911 he was a Salon member, and also a member of the Salon d'Automne. In 1911 he received medals for his work. Five years later Abramovitz was in New York, where he had his first solo US show in 1921. A mere six years later he had moved on to Los Angeles, before finally returning to Brooklyn in the early 1930's. Abramovitz's early works feature continental subject matter. Later works, many of them wood engravings, deal with social commentary. This work would date therefore from his Paris period, when he was likely traveling around seeking subject matter. The painting is in generally good condition; several of the corners are stubbed and a little worn but this would be hidden by framing. The old soft board also has a slight concave warp, which could also be corrected in framing.
ALBERT ABRAMOVITZ (1879-1963) oil on board painting of European village