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"Shepherd With Flock" Signed "A. Kirsten" / Oil On Canvas 42"x 28" Framed/ Circa 20th Century

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Paintings1073 of 2088My sisters painting  Floral Still Life Signed "A. Kirsten" /Oil On Canvas 28"x 36" Framed/ Circa 1940
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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Here's the second painting I purchased from the "Restore" our Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store. It too was dumped into a shopping cart with the floral one I posted earlier today. This is also by the same artist as the other painting but quite a bit larger at 42" x 26". Both canvases are mounted on simple slat stretchers and tacked in place. Also what a contrast in subject matter. A landscape with a shepherd and his flock. While not my favorite of the two there is something about it that I find interesting. The style of the painting just has something I can't put my finger on. I think the flowers show more skill in Kirsten's other painting while this is a bit more folksy and primitive. Not a listed artist as far as the online data bases go but the writing on the wood stretchers indicate they came from Germany. They actually belonged to someone right here where I live in Ohio so I guess I saved someone's neglected family heirlooms. -Mike-

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Roy...probably "Can I move yet ??" ...Nope hold that :)
    2. magician1962 magician1962, 4 years ago
      Reminds me of the style of Van Gogh, beautiful painting.
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Magician....You know, you're right ....I think so too. :)
    4. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Maybe my imagination is too brave,but to me she looks like a forced labourer during WWII.A woman in man's clothing,rather sad...It's not a bucolic scene.
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      I agree Ivonne it's definitely not a romanticized pastoral scene. I also got the impression it is a woman doing a man's work. If this is Germany 1940 or so it speaks volumes.
    6. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Besides,it's a good painting with an intensive message.
    7. magician1962 magician1962, 4 years ago
      Isn't she a Dutch shepherd? That's what I got from it.
    8. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Yes,of course,why not?This is the power of art - evoking different emotions and impressions to the public.
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Another element I perceived is.... It's almost as if she is contemplating or paying respect to something with her head bowed or maybe even praying.
    10. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      I think every conclusion is legitimate.I also think that the painter would be happy having known about discussion on his/her work.
    11. magician1962 magician1962, 4 years ago
      I should look more carefully before posting; the figure is a 'he' and looks like a clergyman from the style of hat he's holding. This really is an interesting painting.
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      I also noticed what looks like a type of bonnet on the figures head even if it is a rather masculine coat and hat. It's hard to believe the same artist painted the beautiful floral still life that I purchased along with this painting. Both paintings have their own merit but this one gets the most discussion. :)
    13. magician1962 magician1962, 4 years ago
      Probably because there's more to this painting in detail and a bit of mystery. Like the Mona Lisa's smile, I think this is one that will keep people questioning. That's what makes a painting great :)
    14. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Waltraud L. (Gross) Parks was born on December 14, 1927. She died on June 5, 1992 at age 64. Husband Harold William Parks, daughter Donna. I'll bet she was a war bride.
    15. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Wait! Donna J. Parks is 94. She is either Harold's second wife or his sister.

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