A rarely seen work by a well known artist of Romania, LETA MIRONESCU (1896-1981), the subject seemingly an autumn forest painted in greens and yellows and browns. Hidden among the vigorous impressionist brushwork on the old paperboard is the signature of the artist, in the paint, at lower left, where she also dated the work 1926. Mironescu received education in art in Romania and then traveled to Vienna, Munich and Paris for further training. Between the wars she achieved major recognition around the country. Her work appears to be scarce, there being only a handful of auction records, at least outside of Romania itself. On the reverse of the board she appears to have signed again and there is another word below the name that seems difficult to make out. On the backing paper at upper right is a rubber stamp from Bihor, a county in the northwest of the country on the Hungarian border. Mironescu was from Pietra-Neamt in the northeastern corner of the nation. A museum there in 2006 held a retrospective of her works. An internet search reveals her skill in portraiture. The painting measures 17 1/2" by 14 1/4" (21" by 17 1/2" as framed, behind glass). Despite being protected by glass for decades, the board seems to have deteriorated somewhat. There are generally vertical pressure cracks and associated paint losses, at left center, right center and top, showing as long lines in the images (more close-ups upon request). However I believe the painting surface to be generally stable. A cleaning and attention to these flaws will bring the work back to its original beauty, and a new wide gold frame would be flattering.
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