Posted 3 years ago
I just got this from france. these are the sellers photos. bought it because I'm a sucker for dark seascape type pictures. but what you can't tell from these photos is just how dirty it is. I went over it with a very lightly damp papertowel and it came up black. the back is much much darker than this photo honestly I don't know how they got it to look so light inthe photos. the painting is also darker appearing in person than here. it's turned into a dilemma for me. it's so dirty that my husband won't let me have it in the house. he has declared it a health hazard. (hmm I guess I see it in the second framed example now that I look for it lol)
the artist appears to be S. montagines (but can't be sure of that.) I can't find record of them anywhere. there is some writing in french on the back of the frame the part bar that goes thru the center of the painting. it appears to be stamped. I'll try to get photos of it. it's in the garage now though. any idea of age? the canvas is nailed to the board.
and the overarching question, is this this painting worthless? I didn't pay that much for it. is it worthy only of the trash heap? or is it worth the price of restoration? would it be terrible if i attempted to clean it? the frame itself is the worst for filth it might be a goner. I don't know how I'd tackle that. lol. it's also missing small parts of the gesso. and just from being shipped lost little pieces here and there. but it doesn't look bad. you have to really be looking for it to see the little lost areas. it's just SO dirty. like years and years of ash