A most decorative painting: a contemporary oil on canvas laid on board, 17 1/2" by 23 1/2", (26" by 31 1/2" in really beautiful and unusual contemporary hand carved silvery frame in Art Nouveau style), the painting and possibly frame also by noted Chicago artist and antiques restorer DMITRI RYBCHENKOV (1959-), who has signed the work with his initials at lower right. The painting is poetic and classic, two women and a fountain in a Mediterranean sunny landscape. The frame with its iris motif in Art Nouveau style is very desirable and unusual. A placard at bottom center includes the artist's name and the title "Donum Aetate Aquarii". Rybchenkov was born in Russia, into a family of artists (sixth generation). He came to Chicago in 2007 and now owns the second largest conservation firm in the Midwest. Obviously the skills he needs in the conservation field enable him to create art and beauty himself. This painting was purchased in New York City. In the course of shipping to California, the frame, formerly in perfect condition, was lightly damaged, two corners at upper right and lower left becoming dislodged where perhaps there had been only light glue holding them together. The photos do not show it but the frame is essentially in two halves which will need to be more permanently fixed and stabilized with nails or screws. There was some minor chipping of the silvery surface near these diagonal cuts which separated in shipping. However the damage is minor and can be easily repaired. A small area of the silvery paint is missing also at upper left portion of the frame. More photos of frame upon request.
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