This is a fascinating drawing, in that it appears to be a photograph, such as a rotogravure print........but, it is not. It is guaranteed unconditionally to be an original watercolor, ink and gouache drawing of an old portal, possibly the entry to a church. The door seems to have been a favorite motif for generations of German and traveling artists.....a favorite "motif" just like the iconic red fishing shack in Rockport, Massachusetts, or the Brulatour Courtyard in New Orleans. The piece could possibly have been done after a photograph, the artist attempting to "fool the eye" in the process. The clever artist signed at lower right with a cypher and dated it 1953. Attempts to clearly identify the present artist have been unsuccessful. The sheet, which is affixed to the backing only at the top edge, measures 8 1/2" by 5 3/4". The original thin strip frame (not shown), no glass, is offered together with it at no extra cost. As such it measures 14" by 10 1/2". Truly an ingenious, trompe l'oeil work. The work in the door area especially is quite amazing. Most would dismiss as a photograph.
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