© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Northern Ireland Civil Service
This painting looks like a work by Maurice de Vlaminck to me. The signature and overall handling of composition and brushwork look very similar to other winter landscapes by his hand. The official expertise for this artist is handled by the Wildenstein Institute in Paris.
Dr Marion Richards, Art Detective Manager, has added: ‘I'm attaching the images of the front, back and frame kindly provided by Gina Brown at the collection. The PCF catalogue also records the medium and support as 'oil on card'. All 13 paintings by Maurice de Vlaminck on Art UK https://bit.ly/3ATaFDx are oil on canvas.’
What is known about provenance? When did it enter the collection?
The presumed signature at lower left does not quite match that on known Vlaminck pictures on Art UK, to my eye.
Sounds like the princeps for the picture went under the hammer in 2019, as
Maison et forêt sous la neige, oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.1 cm, c. 1937
The markings on the Christie's version are so accurately reproduced in the Northern Ireland image, is the collection sure its not a mechanical reproduction?
The image has the appearance of a work by Maurice -de-Vlaminck however an oil painting behind glass is unusual. Might the work exhibited be a copy?
Oil paint has to breath and is not placed behind glass.the image is reported to be on card. Such painting on card may be reinforced when framed without glass.
I agree with Patrick and Alistair - this is surely a reproduction print... I'm struggling to conjure up a narrative that would explain why a Vlaminck oil from 1937 would be in such a cheap and nasty frame... he was definitely a 'championship', or moreover slightly faded 'premier league' name at that time and this work would've been presented in a Louis XIV or Montparnasse style frame, with exhibition labels verso from a major gallery...
Depending on the date of production, this might be a giclée type of reproductive print.
Here is an equivalent, described as a 'vintage lithograph' and, at 22 x 28 inches, virtually the same size as the item under discussion (55.5 x 70 cm):
The Vlaminck connection was well spotted but I agree this must be a reproduction.