A beautifully crafted oil on board painting of a barge and its brightly painted bow at a river dock in Europe, 13 3/4" by 17" (19 1/2" by 23" in inexpensive modern frame). signed at lower left by master Hungarian artist ERVIN KORMENDI-FRIM (1885-1939). A number of small figures, a bridge span, and distant buildings complete the richly-painted scene. The distinct structure at center right in the distance could provide a clue as to where in Europe this might be. The artist painted in Hungary, France and Germany (especially Nurnberg) and along the Rhine River. After studies with Laurens, Kormendi was exhibiting actively at the Salon des Independants and Salon d'Automne in Paris from 1906-1911. During this uniquely fertile period in Paris he was exposed to the works of the Fauves and post-impressionists and obviously their art influenced the development of his own style. Known works include still life, studio interiors, landscapes in all seasons, and cityscapes. The artist seems to have painted in a vigorous manner, intentionally leaving bare, unpainted portions of the brown board, those unpainted areas showing through and becoming part of the composition. We see that here especially in the vertical parallel lines at left, but also in the sky and elsewhere. I examined this closely and felt that perhaps there could also be paint loss in these areas that appear "unfinished", for example in the green tree at upper left, and this remains a possibility, but comparison to other works shows that they also have these bare brown areas in the sky/clouds and elsewhere. I am not sufficiently familiar with the artist's style to say definitively that all the areas lacking paint are intentionally that way, but it certainly appears that that might be the case. The varnish covers the painted and unpainted areas. On the reverse are violet rubber stamps that say "KONSOMTURIST" and an address, and there are some penciled numbers and maybe the artist's name again, in an old European hand. It is hard to assign a date to this but it was likely executed between about 1910 and 1930.
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