An oil on fine weave canvas featuring a Mediterranean-looking coastal village, 12 1/2" by 19 1/2" (18" by 25" as framed), signed at lower right by the noted Armenian artist VARTAN MAHOKIAN (also known as Wartan MAKHOKIAN, or combinations thereof), born in Trabzon on present-day northeast Turkey's Black Sea coast in 1869, died in 1937 in Nice, France. The painting shows two small sailing craft, one towing a dinghy, off of a whitewashed fishing village. The artist signed at lower right corner (undated, but likely circa 1920). Mahokian showed an early interest in art and attended the Berlin Academy of Arts, graduating in 1894. In the next twenty-five years he traveled extensively, going to Crimea, where he met the famous Aivazovsky, and then to Egypt, Denmark, and Italy, where for a time he settled in scenic Capri. In 1914 he moved to Nice, France, where he remained the rest of his life. Mahokian painted the Grand Mosque, scenes of Crimea, and around the Mediterranean coast. His larger works have brought to nearly $50,000 at auction. This example was crudely mounted at some point on plywood. It will require conservation to remove it from that surface, which has caused the canvas to bubble out in places; and then it should be cleaned and varnished. Presently the dog-eared corners and lack of varnish dim the presentation. Cleaning and varnish and a new frame will work wonders on this particular painting.
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