Aug 07, 2012, 08:40 PM
European Painting pre WW2 who is the Artist?
I hope you can help me with identifying the Artist. It is an oil painting approx 30 X 24 of a European city. The painting was purchased in Europe right after WW2 and has a signature that I am unable to decipher.
Aug 07, 2012 08:40 PM
Aug 07, 2012, 08:55 PM
That drives me up a wall. Finding a beautiful painting, then not being able to figure out the identity of the artist. Sometimes removing the back cover can lead to some clues, particularly to post 1900s art. Found a watercolor recently that only had a cartouche, no signature; but removing the back, the artist had printed his name, the date, and as an added bonus had a charcoal drawing of two flintlock pistols on the back of the canvas. By the way, love the painting.
Aug 07, 2012, 09:08 PM
Could you show us the reverse side?
Aug 08, 2012, 02:43 AM
I think by the look of the church tower you are looking at an Eastern European scene or even Russian. Its shape looks like an Orthodox church. Sorry, I cant help with the signature. Cant make it out in Latin and doesnt make sense in Cyrillic either. Hope this helps to narrow down the possibilities though.
Aug 08, 2012, 03:24 AM
After having a closer look at the signature I am almost convinced we are looking at a Greek picture. Im not too hot on my Greek alphabet but the 3rd and sixth characters could be "Omega" and the fifth "Theta" I still cant make it out though, maybe you have some Greek friends in your area? All the best on your search.
Aug 08, 2012, 05:05 PM
Adding picture of the back
Attached is a picture of the back.
Eastern European seems logical and Greek is very interesting. I know the owner traveled both regions.