Know anything about mid-century California Impressionism?
May 17, 2010 10:34 PM Subscribe
I'd like to find out more about this painting
I inherited from my great grandfather. I think it was likely painted sometime in the 50s or 60s in Southern California.
posted by maniactown to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My great grandpa was a fairly prolific amateur painter. He painted as a retiree in the early 60s in Southern California in a style I've always called "California Impressionism". My relative's paintings are mostly plein air land- and seascapes, but this portrait (?) was included in a bunch of paintings I inherited from my grandfather's estate. It's an oil on canvas and I think it was framed by my grandfather (the frame matches with a lot of his other paintings, which he is known to have self-framed). Here's a close-up
of the signature, which I think reads "Verily" or maybe "Veriby".
Who painted this? If you don't know, how can I find out? What can you tell me about the style, etc.? Finally, I've always wanted to help establish my great-grandfather's paintings as "legitimate" art. Maybe my research into why he had this painting can help with that too?