I have this oil on canvas painting that an artist friend said was my best piece but can't make out the artists signature. The geniuses of Tnet figured out the last 2 that i posted. Any help with this one is greatly appreciated!
Thanks, It has me beat. I wonder if trying to clean it would help but my luck I would erase the signature.Don't know if this enhancement helps. All I can reliably make out is the 'W' (?) as an initial. Not sure if that's a full stop after it, or if it's 'Wm' with a superscript 'm' (for William). Perhaps the first letter of the surname is a 'G' and it looks like there is an 'f' towards the end, a couple more letters, and then perhaps an 'l' and maybe a 'd'. Possibly the name is something like "W. Gxxxfield" but with too many letters to be "Garfield".
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Immediately below the signature, over to the right, I can see what looks like a date as "19??" so it would seem to be a 20th Century work. Too many possibilities for artists in the first part of that century painting water-lilies in vaguely French impressionist style, especially if it's from an amateur... even a talented one.
Red CIt appears to be this, and in the same type of frame (said to be an original oil on canvas, but unattributed and undated):
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@Indian Steve: did you buy yours from the ‘artpal’ gallery, or is it another version of the same work? If there are multiples, that would likely confirm the work has been reproduced as a print (which would also usually imply something beyond an amateur artist’s work).
The other possibility when there are multiples and an unattributable signature is that it’s a vintage work of the kind churned out by commercial galleries in the 1950s and 1960s for sale as wall art in shopping centres and department stores. Those can be in oil, or textured/canvas-bonded prints which may be embellished with oil-painted details to give them a bit of realism and often of essentially the same scene generated a number of times. The signatures on those kinds of works are often fictitious names used by one or more commercial artists employed by the studio. More often than not they're from Chicago, or the work of foreign artists (also using 'credible' pseudonyms) commissioned to churn them out.