**One of two very similar works by the artist in my shop, preferably to be kept together--see item JB0436** Oil on canvas, 16 1/4" by 12 3/4", in an old master style but of mid to late 19th century date, teaturing a house, tree and dogs and travelers, signed at lower left by noted, auctioned artist PIERRE LOUIS JOSEPH DE CONINCK (1828-1910). This is an almost monochromatic, very understated, subtle painting; perhaps a study for a larger, highly finished work. The artist's works have sold into five figures at Sotheby's and Christie's auctions in Europe. Even though his lifetime would be more likely to be thought of as "nineteenth century", his paintings are often included in "Old Master" sales. De Coninck was born in Meteren in extreme northern France near the Belgian border, between Lille and Dunkirk/Calais. He apprenticed locally and then in 1850 went to Paris, where he worked in the atelier of Jules Coignet and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1859 the artist won the Prix de Rome, and in 1863 Napoleon III commissioned from him a work for the Saint-Pierre de Montmartre church.
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