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Vintage southern European street scene painting signed

Vintage southern European street scene painting signed

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1970: Item # 1428544
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A scene of a lady in a sunny southern European street, likely Italy or maybe Spain, she shown filling vessels with water at the town fountain. The painting is signed at lower right "Golthamer", dated there 1962, and humorously titled "H2O" at bottom. Online research has revealed the oil on canvasboard painting is by one Charles R. Golthamer (1896-1963), a prominent mid-century Los Angeles radiologist who co-authored textbooks on the anatomy of the human skull. Golthamer, a Van Nuys, CA resident, evidently was a painter in his free time, as a 1960 article discusses (there is a black and white photo of him with several of his works behind him). The oil shows a trained hand, well beyond that of an amateur. Measurements of the cut-down canvasboard are 15 1/4" by 10" (the entire piece as framed, most likely all of it by the artist himself, is 26" by 19 1/2"). The framing includes a white painted border, and there is a distinctive, thin bent metal tubing around all the edges, ending in a sort of flourish at top right---difficult to describe---see images. In the black and white photo of the doctor, one of the works shown behind him also has the distinctive tubing. Condition is good, there are some missing paint areas at bottom right especially, also a small area at lower left. The artist passed away the year after this was completed.