'Portrait of a Young Man' (c. 1950s)
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'Portrait of a Young Man', oil on board (c. 1950s) by unknown artist, most likely French. It's strange that this portrait was unsigned - we'll never know who created this painting. Discovered in the south of France, the quality and execution of the work is exemplary - there is an intangible something that speaks to the viewer but remains hard to describe. Why is this painting so special? Is it the serious gaze of the subject? Maybe it was a self-portrait? Maybe it didn't quite meet the artist's own expectations? Perhaps the subject was a lover who moved on? Whatever the case, we love it at BIA - the portrait oozes character; is balanced and harmonious in its browns, greens, reds and autumnal colours - it certainly piques one's curiosity. Who is this handsome man and why was he painted? Only the artist will know we suppose.
In very good vintage condition with very minor flaking of paint not affecting the overall impression of the work; in keeping with its age. Newly framed in dark wood with white linen insert as seen in photos below.
Dimensions with frame:
H 62 cm
W 52 cm
Dimensions without frame:
H 48 cm
W 38.5 cm