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Original Szloboda Oil Painting "The Flea Picker"
Wonderful original oil painting.
Oil on board.
Signed "Szloboda". We understand that the artist is "M. Szloboda Hitel", a Hungarian artist active in the 1930's.
13 3/4" by 11 1/4" total framed size.
Excellent condition. See the photos which were taken under various lighting conditions.
Beautiful technique reminiscent of the "Old Masters". Wonderful realism.
The Estate Executor called the painting "The Flea Picker" and though it has some nuances of the famous painting by Wilhelm Ernst Wunder it is not a copy of that painting. It does perfectly describe this painting though. It appears to be a young man picking fleas from his dog's fur.
This works in many decors including Western themes. Note the young man's cowboy hat, the western style clothing including the boy's vest and also the animal skin table covering. It even appears that he is wearing blue jeans. The old west style furniture complete the scene.
Also notice the wonderful patches on the young man's elbow!