This really well composed view play off the color contrasts between the blue white sky and the earth tones of the terrain in the foreground. The horizon is defined by pinkish structures on the left horizon and foothills done in a cool grey blue to the right. The brushstrokes are loose yet controlled which heightens the composition’s texture especially in the foreground. The composition overall is fresh and lively. The work is titled on the lower left but regrettably two of the three words are indistinct. The artist’s signature is on the lower right corner. The paint surface is in a good and stable condition.
The oil on panel measures 5 ¾” by 7 ½” and 12” by 14” framed. The gilt, wood composition frame features a foliate outer margins and two granulated filets which border a gold leafed cove molding framing the image. The joinery on the verso would indicate it to be of Italian origin late 19C to early 20 C . There are some slight losses to the outer margins of the frame and some discoloration to the cove liner which is mainly consistent with age.
Painting of a French landscape signed J. Franz