Posted 4 years ago
I found these today at a Habitat for Humanity Restore in Peoria, IL. I am showing them together as I think they are related. I am showing front and verso of each work in that order. At first I thought that they were prints, but both seem to be rendered on some type of textured paper that gives that impression. They may be monotypes or a watercolor and a monotype, so I am classifying them as prints. Really not sure. The city square scene is 3 1/2" h x 4 1/8" w and the bridge scene is 3 1/8" h x 4 7/8" w. Both are modestly matted and framed under glass in plain wood frames with string for hangers. The first is signed indistinctly in the image and the second is signed on the mat, but not in them image. Verso, on the city square scene is a notation in a language that I have not identified that ends with the name of the artist that signed the mat in the second painting, so I am guessing both are by the same artist. The inscription verso on the bridge scene is similar in format to the first and are maybe the title and name of the artist? Any help in deciphering this writing would be appreciated. I will be opening these up since both have backings that I am certain are acidic. I will insert some acid free backing between the works and the current backing to preserve the writing. I will post any further findings. Thanks!