Here we have a stunner of an old master painting of a nude woman from the 19th century, possibly earlier. The piece may be from France. Zoom in on the photos...take a look at the brush strokes, especially the shaded areas. The skilled painter spent a long time on this one. We do have a mystery artist on our hands.
The scene of a nude woman with the wood object (cross?) is a familiar one among old master paintings. The object in her hand is the kicker. It looks like a powder keg, and the execution is spot on.
The rare antique painting was acquired at an estate auction in the Twin Cities. I can't find a signature anywhere. The reverse has an old French newspaper article attached. I think the reverse paper is from the 50s. It mentions a few art shows and galleries.
The ornately framed piece measures 34" tall and 30" wide. The exposed painting measures about 26" tall and 22" wide. There is a vertical tear near the object in her hand (see pics). The French painting is heavily lacquered and has some slight bulges along the face. It looks like the painting was restretched on a new frame. The ornate wood frame is experiencing some great patina, including wear, color loss, and pitting.
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The tones and artist execution will cut straight through your soul. This large painting is a fine example that will command the attention of the room. She's a stunner. Don't miss out.