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wagnermia Posted - Mar 10 2019 : 09:39:20
Attached photos oil (or acrylic) painting 30x42 stretched canvas purchased in Nashville TN at antique shop. Author unknown, unsigned.

It is unique in that ‘super odd but cool’ way and I love it; however, I struggle with even placing a style type on it. Are there any other artists works that are similar to this? I’ve also included an image of the back of piece that shows a rough uncut canvas. I thought this odd, never seeing this thinking a professional artist would never leave so crude. The number 96 is written on the back upper right perhaps year but just a guess. Any info, thoughts, style type, similar artist, ideas on date created etc... please, everything is very much appreciated.

With advance thanks for your thoughts and expert opinions. M.
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wagnermia Posted - Mar 13 2019 : 18:52:43
Thank you shawnster for those thoughts. I too was leaning towards Mexican artists or similar culture. Will look at the other 2 you mentioned. (re your etching, in that topic, please share w me where you picked up the etching? City,state? assuming it wasn’t a family heirloom etc. Likely no matter but you never know)
shawnster Posted - Mar 13 2019 : 18:26:12
Hi ,just going too put 3 things out there and these are what I first thought about.
 Ai Weiwei flavor
Cynical realism
Mexican artist.
wagnermia Posted - Mar 13 2019 : 14:52:53
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Originally posted by wagnermia

Thanks Angelo. But ordinary life? There is a skull on the sofa! Although many cultures do keep the skull of loved ones at home after they’ve passed. They created alters for it, offer it flowers, light candles around it. Some families will place them outside to protect their homes. Others keep it around including it as part of the living family. So... perhaps a culture of yours therefore ordinary for you :)



PS but I jest... I understand Surrealism aspect skull to otherwise ordinary... I’ve simply had too much coffee!
wagnermia Posted - Mar 13 2019 : 14:48:49
Thanks Angelo. But ordinary life? There is a skull on the sofa! Although many cultures do keep the skull of loved ones at home after they’ve passed. They created alters for it, offer it flowers, light candles around it. Some families will place them outside to protect their homes. Others keep it around including it as part of the living family. So... perhaps a culture of yours therefore ordinary for you :)
angelo Posted - Mar 13 2019 : 14:12:37
I didn't also find nothing similar.
As style it seems to be a surrealistic painting , but taken from ordinary daily life.
Anyway interesting.

Angelo
wagnermia Posted - Mar 12 2019 : 16:31:57
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Originally posted by wagnermia

Oh, thank you. Your perspective on the piece is very helpful, having not considered any depth of meaning to it. Actually thought the man was playing cards and had came to calling it ‘Sollitaire Surrealism’ !
BUT. You are correct. They are photographs. So many things now peak my curiousity about this painting.
With assumption it depicts a family...
I wonder the intent of father’s ethnicity seeming Asian etc.; Dad reviewing photographs and holding one of a man/boy with the one slightly cropped being a skull (interesting); The sister on the sofa holding flowers (perhaps from memorial service for loved one); of course the skull on the sofa (the actual skull of the loved one who passed) I’ve no clue about why the lady is holding her cup in that manner. All I noticed was those knee caps. They look so sore!



I just realized the initial post of full painting cropped the bottom which shows the skull card referenced. Hoping the attached works better.
wagnermia Posted - Mar 12 2019 : 16:25:32
Oh, thank you. Your perspective on the piece is very helpful, having not considered any depth of meaning to it. Actually thought the man was playing cards and had came to calling it ‘Sollitaire Surrealism’ !
BUT. You are correct. They are photographs. So many things now peak my curiousity about this painting.
With assumption it depicts a family...
I wonder the intent of father’s ethnicity seeming Asian etc.; Dad reviewing photographs and holding one of a man/boy with the one slightly cropped being a skull (interesting); The sister on the sofa holding flowers (perhaps from memorial service for loved one); of course the skull on the sofa (the actual skull of the loved one who passed) I’ve no clue about why the lady is holding her cup in that manner. All I noticed was those knee caps. They look so sore!
Vietato Posted - Mar 12 2019 : 15:55:38
I haven't found anything quite similar, but I think it is an interesting painting in many ways, although not with a very sophisticated painting technique.

It is not unusual for a professional painter to attach the canvas (or linen, it looks like) to the stretcher in this "crude" way. Amateurs are prone to use already stretched canvases.

The motif is "cropped" in an interesting way. I have seen similar in paintings from the last 20-30 years.
It seems to want to raise questions: about life and death (in the sofa). The young lady seems to be detached from her parents, in a world of her own. The father being in the past, looking at old photos.
The tapestry is like a night sky, the flower or star ornaments being way to big for a normal decor.
And why is the woman holding the cup that way?

Just my thoughts!

Regards,
Vietato

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wagnermia Posted - Mar 10 2019 : 12:55:08
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Originally posted by wagnermia

PS the image of the FULL PAINTING didn’t post.
I will try to amend original post or add within a comment.



PSS Also, please opinions even if to say ‘junk!’ or ‘what a waste of paint’ or ‘I’ve zero idea’ or ‘just a guess but perhaps...’ or a simple ‘good luck’ goes a long way in my quest :)
wagnermia Posted - Mar 10 2019 : 09:47:07
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Originally posted by wagnermia

Attached photos oil (or acrylic) painting 30x42 stretched canvas purchased in Nashville TN at antique shop. Author unknown, unsigned.

It is unique in that ‘super odd but cool’ way and I love it; however, I struggle with even placing a style type on it. Are there any other artists works that are similar to this? I’ve also included an image of the back of piece that shows a rough uncut canvas. I thought this odd, never seeing this thinking a professional artist would never leave so crude. The number 96 is written on the back upper right perhaps year but just a guess. Any info, thoughts, style type, similar artist, ideas on date created etc... please, everything is very much appreciated.

With advance thanks for your thoughts and expert opinions. M.

wagnermia Posted - Mar 10 2019 : 09:44:40
PS the image of the FULL PAINTING didn’t post.
I will try to amend original post or add within a comment.

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