A large and impressive oil on canvas landscape painting created in 1984 by the noted Spanish impressionist master artist JULIAN GRAU SANTOS (1937-). The flickering brush has left colorful dabs that pull together to form a most beautiful painting, a painting large enough to be the centerpiece of your room. The work measures 32" by 39" (39" by 46" in gold framing). It is signed at lower left, and on the reverse is titled "La casa junto a la roca". On the stretcher is a pink label from the prestigious Sala Pares, Barcelona's oldest art gallery, founded in 1877. Paintings by this artist sold for as much as $12,000 as far back as 1990, and in the early 2000's, it was not uncommon to see results at auction between $4,000 and $10,000. The changing tastes toward abstract and Mid Century art has resulted in moderating prices for impressionism. Grau Santos came from a culturally involved family. He is the grandson of Juan Grau Miro (1883-1918) and son of artist Emilio Grau Sala and Angeles Santos, sister of poet and art critic Rafael Santos Torrella. Julian studied in Barcelona at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi. The artist has had no less than 40 solo shows, and his work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the United States. This work has an interesting provenance. It came from the recently downsized estate of retired CIA and US Air Force elite test pilot Col. Kenneth Collins. Collins, call sign "Dutch 21", flew the A-12, father of the famous SR-71 Blackbird, the uniquely shaped black high altitude Mach 3+ reconnaissance jet that set the cross country speed record when it flew from San Diego to Washington DC in 65 minutes. Some of his time was spent at the top-secret, legendary "Area 51" test zone in Nevada. Collins was later a pilot and instructor pilot on the SR-71. He served in Korea and Vietnam, with a long and distinguished career in the US military and later in civilian life.