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 Jozef Ch Sofia 1909?
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Posted - Nov 05 2018 :  15:29:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Some time ago I bought this oil on board, size 62 x 47 cm (24.5 x 18.5 inches) in very dirty shape. After removing the thick brown varnish it seems to be a scene of a woman and child in snowy landscape, waiting soldiers returning (from war?).
There is a kind of monogram with place and date Ch Jozef Sofia 1909.
On the back someone has written with ballpen the name of Jozef Chelmonski.
I looked it up but the signature of Chelmonski is different and I did not find a monogram of Chelmonski.

Could somebody help me identifying the painter and what to think about this painting?


Ch Jozef kopie.jpg

Edited by - muesli on Nov 05 2018 15:37:42

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Posted - Nov 06 2018 :  04:52:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artprice shows a Chelmonski monogram 'J.CH.' So he did in fact use that abbreviation 'CH.' which makes it possible, in my view even probable that it is in his own hand. Yet, the name appears to have been added years after the paint was dry. In such cases I consult a restorer to test a tiny bit of the signature.
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Posted - Nov 07 2018 :  05:07:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for this information!
I will let it examin if the signature (monogram) has been added afterwards.

I took a high resolution scan of the monogram (added with my first post: Ch Jozef kopie) and there you can see under the red paint the same letters and figures with a thin sharp pencil. Look at the year 1909 for example and the C of Ch. Do some artists sign paintings with a pencil or is this a sign for a forgery?


Edited by - muesli on Nov 08 2018 16:07:28
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Posted - Nov 15 2018 :  15:35:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to the restorer and he controlled the signature under the UV lamp. Nothing suspicious was found.
Under the microscope you can see that the red paint has been put over the original (the same) monogram and date in blue-grey color.

Ch Jozef.jpg
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