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    Posted 6 years ago

    kyratango
    (435 items)

    Have this watercolor for 30 years, I bought it because of the funny face of the Tritone (male mermaid), and the beauty of the nude women!

    Size is approx. 25x35 centimeters (image only)
    The only mark I can read is the name of the artist, Luke, and 1908...

    Vetraio, TubeAmp! help wanted!

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      It seems to me belonging to preraphaelite movement, as some John W. Waterhouse works:
      http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/more-on-waterhouses-undine-and-mermaid/

      Just notice too a man face in the rock on the right of the maids...
      Do you see the same?
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks CindB for your saying, now I see two!
      Very very strange...
    3. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      The funny Undine makes me think of Blunderbuss2, don't know why... LOL
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Reminds me of my early days in Jamaica. Maybe it's the 2 faces that remind you of me kyra.
    5. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Very cool ! love it :-) I do see bb2 in it also lol
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      I do like this Kyra :).....I agree about the pre raphaelite style could be an unknown artist from that school. Looks like the Merman and the two Mermaids in the water are terrorizing the poor human women. They're trying to get away and hide among the rocks. Rather scary ! I photo shopped the signature, inverted the colors and tried to isolate it from the background. I'm seeing an "M" of "N" for the last name underneath Luke with what look like two dotted " i " and the ending looks like "ski" so Nominski or Morinski it's still not very clear but that's my guess. Czech, Hungarian, or Austrian artist.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      My first thought was not Luke but 'Lieke' as an alternative.

      Leike .... too?
    8. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
      I highly suspect the piece is German illustration art, very much akin to what was common in Jugend or other popular magazines from the period. It appears to say "Munich" underneath the last name and just in front of the date.
    9. kairomalte, 6 years ago
      This aquarell follows closely Arnold Boecklin's "Triton and Nereide" as well as other famous paintings of this Swiss artist. The originals of Boecklin are Highlights in all highly ranked Europaen Museums.
    10. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Bb2 and Manikin, lol!
      Mikelv, right, I wouldn't like to be in the young women situation !!! Thank you for your work on the signature, will have to dig there :-)
      Vetraio and cogito, many thanks for your help, other fields to search in!


    11. fledermaus fledermaus, 6 years ago
      It's really great! I also love the Bocklinstil.
    12. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Kairomalte! My artist was surely influenced by Böcklin! Thank you for the information, I never heard of him and love his symbolism :-) can be seen there:
      http://www.wikiart.org/en/arnold-b-cklin/playing-in-the-waves-1883
    13. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 years ago
      30 years is a long time to be hiding this lovely picture...smiling
    14. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Roycroft, I hid it in my bedroom, so, not many saw it, lol!
    15. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      kyra, This is something that I would definitely take home...
    16. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Vintagelamp, I won't let you take my ladies! Too much horny creatures in your home, lol!
    17. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Late thanks to all 23 lovers :-)
    18. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Painter is still a mystery, though really the waves and subject is in the manner of Böcklin,
      http://www.wikiart.org/en/arnold-b-cklin/mermaids-at-play-1886
    19. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you very much for your loves, Ho2cultcha and Thomas :-)
    20. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Finally identified on Antiquers forum!

      Ferdinand LEEKE!

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Leeke

      https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Ferdinand_Leeke#/media/File%3AThe_Mermaid_and_the_Satyr.jpg

      Very similar composition, subject, water rendering and face expression! (The link is for a copy...)
      https://www.amazon.com/Ferdinand-Tritons-watched-Nereid-Kitchen/dp/B00G2MZ4NS
    21. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      This is one beautiful image!
      The Merman’s “smile” looks sinister to me. ( scary!) If I were those women, I would be at the top of those rocks!
      I read the Wiki report, though I found it strange to see a mermaid, who lives in the sea, with a Satyr,who lives in the forest painted together! Wish we knew his reason for painting such an image!
      Wonderful Post, glad I finally came across it!
    22. kyratango kyratango, 3 months ago
      Thank you Eileen! Lust at its best representation :-D
      The green of envy merman makes me laugh!

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