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artdigger
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  04:47:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, I am new to this forum.

FindArtInfo.com was useful for several researches but there is one search for origin without any progress which Iīd like to present on ArtForum.

The painting is oil on canvas, created between 1910 and 1935 IMO.
I purchased it from an art dealer located near Munich, Germany. His only given information, unproved, was that the work comes form a closed private art collection in Slovakia.
The viewable canvas is 35x46cm. No signature.

I uploaded five photos:
Front https://picload.org/view/dlrorgra/01paintingwithcompleteframe.jpg.html
backside https://picload.org/view/dlrorgrl/03paintingbacksideonstentering.jpg.html
detail frame back https://picload.org/view/dlrorgri/04nameonstenteringframe.jpg.html (This must be a joke?)
detail frame back https://picload.org/view/dlrorgrw/05numberonstenteringframe.jpg.html
detail frame fixation https://picload.org/view/dlrorgdr/02detailstenteringframe-fixati.jpg.html

Does anybody here have an idea? Thanks a lot!

Vietato
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Denmark
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  10:16:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The painting bears a resemblance to some of the works by Slovakian artist Vincent Hloznik (1919-1997).

http://milenaolesinska.blogspot.com/2016/11/vincent-hloznik.html

https://sk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Hlo%C5%BEn%C3%ADk

German wiki:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Hlo%C5%BEn%C3%ADk

The orientation of your photo of the front seems right, but the photo of the back shows that it has been hung in portrait orientation!

Regards,
Vietato

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Edited by - Vietato on Jul 10 2018 10:20:42
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artdigger
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Germany
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  17:19:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Vietato,

thank you very much. Your knowledge and problem solving in short time is impressive.

We have an interesting painter here! It seems that he was able to create Expressionist-Surrealist works with some dose of humour during the Communism era. Not sure if this was officially allowed if you remember the realistic art style then with praise of heroic figures.

What I donīt get is why this painting hung in portrait orientation; it does not make sense, right?

Cheers,
Bernd
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Vietato
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Denmark
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Posted - Jul 10 2018 :  18:10:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by artdigger


What I donīt get is why this painting hung in portrait orientation; it does not make sense, right?



I guess they thought it looked more like Kandinsky that way

But it is strange that the left stretcher bar (seen from the back) is wider than the others - and that they are of different wood.
Also the way the canvas is nailed to the stretcher could point to a non-professional making his own stretcher for a loose canvas.

Still it could be an early work by Vincent Hloznik.

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Vietato

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artdigger
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Germany
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Posted - Jul 11 2018 :  05:28:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had the thought that the art dealer framed it before the sale using old wood pieces. The hanger for vertical use looks rather new and unused, too. Maybe the dealer added the "Kandinsky" name to make the work more interesting for laypersons?

But in fact if you look at early abstract works of K there is kinda similarity in the composition, with some fantasy or wishful thinking. LOL
And when fantasy rises to be paranoia, you can discover a late Franz Marc in his more abstract and less cubist manner, short time before the clash of nations in WWI. Marcīs harmonic view of animals couldīve yielded to a war of creatures in this painting. LOL, again. But I have to admit that such impressions are coming up for a second. (The frame could have belonged to K which was a friend and Blauer-Reiter partner of M. K had to leave Germany before the war being Russian, and M used the frame.) Donīt tell anybody.

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Still it could be an early work by Vincent Hloznik.

The late work, googled by image search, is much more ripe in painting technique and message, isnīt it?

Edited by - artdigger on Jul 11 2018 05:29:56
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puchroller
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Posted - Jul 22 2018 :  03:04:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,
I think it is from Romania and was sold via eBay. Hundreds of fake Pictures from well known and expensive Artists are sold this way. Regards
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