Oil on canvas titled on stretcher "Golden Silence", 28" by 21" (33" by 25" in original vintage frame), signed at lower right and again on the stretcher by California plein air artist EUGENE PIERRE FRANQUINET (1875-1940). This is a fine example of the work of this Belgian-born painter who immigrated to the United States in 1907, and who was in Southern California as early as 1911. Franquinet, a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, came to be known for his portraits, figure paintings, and landscapes of Southern California. His oils have sold often at auctions of California art. This circa 1930's painting could greatly benefit from a general cleaning to remove decades of soil and yellowed varnish. A lovely work in generally good condition other than the soiling.
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