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"Waterfront" 1968 by Frans Van Lamsweerde / Print on Canvas 33" x 41" / Oil ??

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Thrift store finds152 of 153Mid Century Floral Mid Century/ Danish Modern Wood and Ceramic Lamp / Circa 1960's
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Posted 3 years ago


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I rescued this from the "Salvation Army Store" The lady told me it had been hanging on the store's wall since she started working there 8 years ago. I asked her if it was for sale and she had to check with the manager. She said yes because they wanted to clear their walls. I said how much and she said 99. I thought $99.00 forget it !! The clerk said 99 ?? and the manager said "yes 99 cents, get rid of it " ! Motioning out the I said it's going home with me ! They probably would have thrown it out anyway. It comes from the Bonfoey Gallery here in Cleveland which is still in business. They framed it in 1978 but the print is dated 1968. A year before the artist died. He worked for Disney, Golden Books as an illustrator, and was a comic book artist. The sad thing is unless this is an unknown version of this painting in greens, it has faded badly. All the bright oranges, yellows and blues are faded to shades of mostly blue/ green, pale yellows and white. Don't know what to make of this. There were some water stains on the linen inserts in the frame. I managed to lighten them up a bit with peroxide. A small dent in the canvas as well. I've seen a paper print on Ebay and it's really colorful and not monochromatic like this one. It's heavily varnished and seems to have the right textures but it would have to be very thinly painted to be an oil and that wouldn't fade. Any opinions are welcome . Oh well...99 cents is still a great deal on a 60's retro painting,real or not. - Mike -


  1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
    Still wondering if this is an oil painting or a print on canvas. I e-mailed one of the appraisers at Bonfoey's to see if they could ID it for me since it came from there. So far it's been a week and I haven't heard back yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. -Mike-
  2. Lhani, 1 year ago
    That is really faded! The original is beautiful! My father is Frans van Lamsweerde
  3. polarmanatc, 6 months ago
    Hey Lahni. I have what I think is an original Frans Van Lamsweerde called Port O Call. Any chance you would know about that painting?
  4. MeliG MeliG, 6 months ago
    Faded or not it is still fantastic!
  5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 months ago
    Thanks so much MeliG :)
  6. MeliG MeliG, 6 months ago
    My pleasure mikelv85.
  7. Fransfan, 3 months ago
    I have had 6 Frans Van Lamsweerde prints on canvas for 40 years. Lahni, I admire your father's style so much and would love to find an original tropical painting of his to buy.
  8. rideforever, 2 months ago
    I have one as well, I posted it here :
  9. Simonesnewyorkstores, 2 months ago
    I love your dad's works. I own the one with a vase with a bird on top, an armor helmet, a manikin with no arms and beautiful pillars . Maybe you could tell me a little about it. Simone

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