Jon Berg Fine Art
Western American circa 1880 oil landscape mountain lake

Western American circa 1880 oil landscape mountain lake

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1900: Item # 1427410
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2311 Schader Dr. #310
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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An unframed oil on canvas landscape, 12 3/4" by 16", the subject a large lake in high country, a distant mountain in the background and tall spruce-type trees at left along the rocky shore. I have searched diligently for a signature and cannot find one, which is frustrating, as the work is certainly good enough to have been executed by a listed artist. The canvas was laid down on a board circa 1940 or so judging from the "Brownie Board" age. Weave of the canvas and the technique all suggest that the work dates to the period 1875-1900. Conservation is required, there being overall blanching that obscures the detail, there is a vertical top-to-bottom strip of raised paint at left, and a fine loss pattern at upper left center. The handling of the feathery trees at upper left suggests that this is by a talented artist, likely known and listed. To me the scene could be Northern California, maybe Tahoe---the school of Frederick Schafer, Meyer Straus, Edwin Deakin--someone like that. Perhaps if removed from board somehow, there would be information on the reverse.