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Museum Quality Antique 19th Century CHARMING Children Fishing Large Old Oil Painting
Veerhoff Galleries Provenance
This painting was originally purchased from a major auction house. Other provenance is with Veerhoff Galleries, based on 3 labels on the back of the painting.
There is a certain innocence and beauty that this old painting possesses, which we rarely see today. The expressions of the childrens' faces, as they watch intently to see if the fish is going to bite, is priceless. Many companies like KPM would make copies of these paintings, but I have never seen them catch the charm of a scene, like the way that this painting does.
One name that comes to mind when I look at this painting is Edmund Adler. Adler is known throughout the world for his innocent paintings of children. The composition, technique and even the canvas, having been made in Austria, make me believe that there is a pretty good chance that Adler did this painting. However, since the painting is not signed (haven't checked under the frame)I can only attribute it to Adler. if you care to see an Edmund Adler painting that went through auction, please go to: http://www.skinnerinc.com/asp/fullCataloguese.asp?salelot=2351+++++326+&refno=++688361
If you are unfamiliar with Edmund Adler, I would like to share his biography from Hope Gallery with you:
Edmund Adler (1871-1965)
"Edmund Adler was born on October 15, 1876 in Vienna, Austria. His first training was in lithography for four years, followed by three years in a graphic studio. From 1894 to 1903 he attended the Vienna Academy where he became an assistant professor in 1903.
During World War 1 (1914-18), he was a prisoner of war in Siberia. Subsequently, he exhibited with both Austrian and Russian artists and his work became popular in Vienna, Dresden and Brunn. Adler was particularly admired for his naturalism and fresh approach to color in his portraits. A genre painter of note, his paintings featuring children, continue to be favored by collectors.
Adler died in Mannersdorf on May 10, 1965."
This unsigned oil on canvas measures 30.5" by 37.5", with its' frame. The actual painting measures 24.25" by 31.25". The painting has some crazing. Overall, it is in good condition. There is a stamp on the back of the canvas which reads, "Anton Maurer...Wien (with other letters)". The 4" wide frame/liner frame has some age, but was probably added when Veerhoff Galleries exhibited it. There is one Veerhoff Galleries label on the stretcher and two other Veerhoff Galleries labels, on the back of the frqame. When examining the painting under the ultraviolet light, I did find evidence of inpainting. Inpainting accounts for about 3% of the painting's total surface area.
The subject matter, composition, technique, quality and even the canvas maker being from Austria all point to the author of this painting being Edmund Adler. If you have any of Adler's exhibition records or Veerhoff Galleries' records, you may want to see if this painting has been documented. Otherwise, since it is not signed, I can only attribute this painting to Adler. I believe if you do your research, the evidence speaks for itself. Good luck on becoming the winning bidder of this charming old oil painting attributed to Edmund Adler.
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