Found locally in Los Angeles, this is a large oil on canvas still life of orange and yellow garden nasturtiums in a blue and white old ceramic vessel, a ladies' fan and blue beads resting at its base, the colorful subjects placed elegantly in the neutral space of a cloth covered table and gray-white background, the work signed at lower right by the noted Spanish artist VICENTE SANTAOLARIA (1886-1967). The painting, which likely dates from circa the 1930's to about 1950, measures 25 1/2" by 32" (29 1/2" by 36" in inexpensive silvery mid century frame). Santaolaria was born near Valencia and received art training in Barcelona under Vicente Borras y Mompo and Antonio Caba; in Madrid, no less than Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida was one of his instructors. By 1908 Santaolaria was in Paris. For the rest of his life, he painted, drew, and created sculptures. Santaolaria exhibited at many Paris salons, as well as salons in Madrid and Brussels. An interesting and informative Facebook page gives many details of his life and career. I believe the information there states (in French) that he was from a family of means, and that therefore he was free to paint at his discretion without financial worry. His paintings of nudes, figures, genre and landscape (more rarely, still life, it appears) are auctioned principally in Spain. This painting is in need of professional restoration. As the photos show, due to moisture exposure at some point in time, there is general paint loss scattered throughout, that loss more intense in certain areas, and a long diagonal scratch is to be seen extending from the beads up into the vase and flowers. The stretcher seems to be not the original. More than likely, the painting will need to be relined, the losses then stabilized and inpainted. A rare painting indeed, by an artist the works of whom are generally quite scarce. The contents of Santaolaria's studio were auctioned in Paris at the Hotel Drouot in 1987, twenty years after his death. More detailed photos to fully illustrate the condition issues happily provided upon request.
VICENTE SANTAOLARIA (1886-1967) large impressionist floral still life by noted Spanish painter