A rather elegant landscape painting with a modern feeling, the predominating colors subdued yet elegant grays and earth tones, signed rather illegibly with a European hand at lower right corner and dated there 53. The unframed work on canvas measures 23 1/2" by 31 1/2". Signature looks something like "Oltarini" or "Ott....." or "Ult....." but despite years of trying to figure this out I have not succeeded. Most likely the work is Italian modernist, but if not Italian, the signature could be a French style of handwriting. The painting is in the condition in which it was found years ago near San Francisco. It could benefit from a cleaning as surface dirt and grime has penetrated the heavily worked surface. In addition there is craquelure in the sky and there are some areas of losses there and especially along the bottom half of the right side edge. The painting is heavy for its size due to all the paint. This monochromatic piece would work well in a cool modern Minimalist setting. Ask for more details of condition issues.
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