Oil on canvas laid on masonite, 14" by 11" and 3 1/2" wide frame, signed at lower right "C. DE VRIES". This is a pleasing work showing a young woman of central or alpine regions of Europe, holding in her hand a typical felt hat of the area, a window at rear letting in natural light that beautifully illuminates the subject. I have researched this name and find one listing that appears to correspond to the signature, one Belgian artist CAMILLE DE VRIES (1854-after 1924). Nevertheless, the work is by a very talented artist and it should be a welcome addition to any collection of decorative European art. The painting can be placed on the wall as is, though the surface is a bit dusty and a few little spots of white surface mold, it appears, are to be seen in a few areas. Additionally, it appears that perhaps one reason that this was at one time laid down on the masonite was that there was an "L" shaped tear to the left of the lady's face, repaired when it was laid down (see last photo of this area, taken at angle). The frame has a few very minor chips lost in the ornate design. .
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