An oil on Masonite painting of a classical nude mail, signed lower left by noted California artist BEN CARRE (1883-1978) The work measures and as framed . Carre was born in Paris and was an early set painter for the Paris Opera, Comedie Francaise, and Covent Garden. He became an early art director for the Gaumont Film Studios, painting trompe l'oeil backgrounds at a time in early film making when props were rare and expensive. By 1912 Carre was in the New York area, in Ft. Lee, New Jersey, working in the same field. Between 1924 and 1944 he worked in Hollywood for a variety of studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Fox. Carre is credited with much of the set work of Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the Emerald City from Wizard of Oz (1939). In the later part of his life, he became an active painter and artist, creating many California landscape works, which are offered today at auction. He died in Santa Monica after a long and productive life. This painting was apparently mounted thusly in already as-is condition, floating above a background, by its previous owner. Note the existing ragged edge damage at left, and there is also some other wear and cracking dry paint in a number of places, mostly in the left third of the composition. Some cleaning and varnish by a restorer would absolutely greatly improve the presentation.