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Cricket wrote at 2007-10-13 21:50:30

  Just wanted to add that I, too, have a print by F. Massa.  The subject is of a male and female cardinal.  She is sitting on what appears to be an apple or dogwood tree in blossom, while he is flying toward her. A butterfly is nearby. It appears to be fairly old and is just beautiful.  I took it out of the frame and find that is not on paper,canvas, or board but, rather, a light weight cardboard. I don't know if that helps in dating it, or not. If F. Massa is not a listed artist he/she should be, and, I hope, will be in the future.

louie wrote at 2007-12-23 00:06:42
Probably T. Massa

attic cleaner wrote at 2008-01-13 20:39:02
Good afternoon Barbara,

I also have a print of F. Massa it is a picture of a crab with coral fans and other shells sitting on a ship deck planks and wall behind, with sea shells in a fish bowl and another glass with bases.  I believe it was prepared by drawing and colored pencil set, and unsure of the date.

Lillian wrote at 2008-03-30 17:29:08
On Easter weekend, a friend gave me a landscape that was sined F Massa.  It's quite a beautiful,sepia-coloured monochromatic scene.

It would be nice to see others of his/her work online, if, of course, it's at all possible.  

Ron wrote at 2008-05-15 19:46:32
F. Massa (Frank Massa) is an accomplished artist, especially in watercolors, and has won numerous awards (i.e. First prize, watercolors, Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Show 1961) and accolades for the past 45-plus years in NYC.

I worked with him at Norcross Greeting Cards in NYC in 1961-62, and am privileged to own one of his paintings. He always signs his work "F. Massa".

Elliot wrote at 2008-05-29 20:15:01
I have an oil on canvas painting by F Massa, an Italian artist who exhibited at a London gallery in Duke Street in the mid 70s.  His brochure included photos of him in company with Picasso. Subjects included society women, card players, horses.  His work is impressionist using strong and unusual pastel colours.  I have just acquired another Massa, having discovered it (unsold!) on an auction site.  Previous searches for the artist have drawn a blank, but as I met him personally I know he existed!  However, from the descriptions on other posts he doesn't sound like the same artist.

Ann Smith wrote at 2008-05-31 16:38:46
Hello Barbara I have a print by F Massa and on the bottom it has Bernard picture co. inc, Stamford, Ct.1980 Litho USA. Perhaps this company will have some more details for you.

ArtCurious wrote at 2008-06-25 22:41:51
I also have a print signed FMASSA.  It is Daisies in a field with a butterfly.  Have not been able to find anything re the artist.  Would love to view the Poppies in Basket.  Thanks, ArtCurious

seekerr wrote at 2008-08-13 16:44:14
I have a watercolour by F. Massa.  Two ducks flying over a lake.  Know nothing about the artist, sorry, except that I really like the painting.  Find he/she is very talented.  Well worth the toonie I paid for it at the EmmaŁs in Hull, Qc.

skl wrote at 2008-08-19 13:49:17
I too have a watercolor by F. Massa a beautiful landscape of trees and a lake would like to know about the artist.

Mike wrote at 2008-10-01 20:06:07
I too have a paper copy oftrees and a lake with stones in the foreground.Bernard Picture CO inc Stamford.cCT. 1980.

Mike. UK.

Dawn wrote at 2008-10-07 15:22:51
I too have a F.Massa that looks to have been done with color pencils. It's a single bird on paper; I think a pheasant.

janjan wrote at 2008-11-14 21:04:41
My friend has a painting of 2 parrots by F Massa and has asked me to search the Internet looking for information on him.  He apparently does exist as a established artist, especially of birds.

Leanne wrote at 2008-12-09 03:54:11
My mother-in-law gave me a print of F. Massa also.

It is of 2 Woodpeckers on a limb, with allot of fall colors.  VERY pretty. It has been framed by Franklin picture co. With companies in 7 large cities, no date.  Leanne, Nebraska

Willy wrote at 2009-01-17 23:40:36
I also have two framed prints signed by F. Massa.

One is of a raccoon on a tree, the other is of a squirrel.  Both are in yellow frames manufactured by Intercraft Industries Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.  They are very charming.

Shelley wrote at 2009-01-18 15:15:33
I just picked up a F. Massa print at a little local flea market for $3.00  It has a pump and a water barrel with daisies around it. A tree with a fence row and a big barn and a silo off in the distance. I love this and was so excited to get it, my brother is framing it in barnwood for me. It looks like a pencil print with pastel colors, absolutely beautiful!  Shelley  Kokomo,IN

Suzanne wrote at 2009-04-05 22:53:46
Hi Barbara, I also have a F. Massa small oval painting. It's beautiful! I found it in the things my inlaws left after their death. I also, cannot find anything regarding this artist. I have done extensive research. I found one painting by this artist on e-bay, of all places, but cannot find any info on artist. I would so much appreciate it if you would share any info you might have found. Thank you

shrapnel wrote at 2009-04-11 10:34:16
I just bought a medicine cabinet yesterday at an auction, for 1 dollar, with an excellent painting of two Scarlet Macaws perched on a branch, on the front of the cabinet. Looks to be pastel on some sort of paper. It sounds like the same artist that you all are referring to, but mine is signed Frank Massa.

Frank Massa wrote at 2009-08-03 18:25:55
I am F Massa, (Frank Massa) and when I did art work for Bernard Picture Co. I signed all my watercolor work F. Massa. with other companies I signed my artwork with my middle name (Xavier). I worked for a company (Norcross Greeting Cards)and freelanced with these other companies.

George Dickey wrote at 2009-08-09 01:50:44
I currently own the Bear Cub in a tree with a Squirrel sticking his he out of a hole in the Tree

George Dickey Erie Pa

barbara wrote at 2009-09-16 22:03:25
actually the signature looks like T Massa and it is a beautiful monochromatic watercolor of lake, log home and 2 ducks (brown and light green) I just purchased it today 9/16

ron wrote at 2009-10-06 06:01:13
I have two reprints from F. Massa. I have found several prints on ebay. If he is worth printing it would seem he was popular. Have read a response that this is Frank Massa around in the 1970s. My prints are odd in that they are very dreary scenes of a pond in winter with no snow and no leaves. they are almost identical. But everything I have seen of his is bright and colorful and often of animals and birds.

D wrote at 2009-11-09 22:43:47
I too have just acquired three watercolours by F.Massa. I have been searching for three days, and this is the only reference to his work. However, there must be more than one F.Massa as mine are all of small country cottages. They are beautifully detailed for watercolours. I'd like to know more, too.


Donna wrote at 2010-01-09 19:16:16
I purchased 2 framed pieces signed F. MASSA. One is of a pair of Orioles & the other is a pair of Blue Jays. There were sitiing on the floor of a second hand store. I got them both for $8.00. They are absolutely beautiful. I am a bird watcher, and instantly knew they'd be going home with me! I cannot find much information regarding this artist. Does anyone know when these works were done? There is astamp on the back of the pair that says Cape Craftsman Inc. PO Box 527 Elizabethton, SC 28831. They are numbered 20 76 & 20 74. There is an old price tag on one fron JC Penney marked for $49.50. The sticker appears old, and perhaps the numbers reflect the # of print in a set? I would love to find out more. They are truly lovely!

vhsman wrote at 2010-01-30 00:01:16
i also have a picture by f massa that i bought in a shop today, it is a picture of a country cottage near a stream with a another building on the other side of the stream, i think the picture is a print but it looks as though the paper is some sort of blotting paper.must be early paper.

Lisa wrote at 2010-01-31 01:56:14
The F. Massa that I have sounds like the same one as described by vhsman.  I have owned and enjoyed this beautiful print for many years.  Due to economic circumstances, I currently have it listed for sale.

Janet wrote at 2010-02-16 18:38:50
Yes, I believe it is FMassa and not TMASSA. I have a print of two bluebirds on a log and the birds stand out against the pale muted colors of the background. It is quite pleasing to the eye.

Pete and Ruth wrote at 2010-02-28 00:36:44
We bought two F. Massa prints of Eagles today at a thrift store. The framing, matting, and eagle captions are beautiful and worth much more than we paid. Sounds like the same above mentioned F. Massa that likes birds and does high quality work. The signature F. Massa. The top of the F carries all the way across the entire last name Massa. Period after F and Massa.  

Linda wrote at 2010-05-09 01:27:59
I bought three beautiful oval FMassa items today at a thrift store, the two bluebirds on a decaying log, the two robins and one monarch on a flowering branch, and the two gold finches on a flowering thistle plant. If you are still following this discussion thread Frank Massa... thanks for the lovely works.

Susan wrote at 2010-05-10 15:07:32
I also have two painting by F.Massa that I bought at a thrift store. The top of the F also carries all the way across the last name Massa.

nicntme wrote at 2010-05-23 05:19:14
I also have a print by Frank Massa named engrossed carnations he was born in 1933 and studied art at the Pratt Institute  

mary ritenour wrote at 2010-09-07 16:15:45
i have a set of f. massy prints on card board i large and two smaller. they are pictures of cottages streams one has daies one has a swan one has a small foot bridge. they have homco goldish frames. made in u.s.a. copy write mcmlxxxiiithat is homco inc.

cari wrote at 2010-10-11 14:42:15
I purchased two Frank Massa bird prints at a thrift store and I love them so much. Mr. Massa, if you are still monitoring this thread, you are an amazing artist and I thank you for your beautiful work. I am designing my entire bedroom around these two gorgeous bird prints. I wish I knew where to find more!  

Dan wrote at 2010-10-26 16:48:32
I have 3 framed prints of farms & machinery & barns & sheds.I paid $40.00 for all three.

1 20x18 plus 2 8x10. I have had them for over 25 yrs. They are wonderful prints that take me back to my childhood in the country.

Sandy wrote at 2010-11-21 00:41:44
I, too, have purchased two pictures at a thrift store. One is of two cedar waxwings in a pine tree

and the other is of two woodpeckers in a tree.

Absolutely beautiful.  I also wish I could find some more. Mr. Massa or someone should start a websight on his wonderful work.  

Beth wrote at 2010-12-04 06:56:17
I bought an F Massa picture at Value Village for $6>99. It is the one with the two ducks flying that some other people described. Other customers who saw it in my cart commented on the beauty of my find. It has a nice oak frame too.  I saw another F Massa today with two swans, not so nicely framed but it caught my eye. I'm going to go and buy it tomorrow!

M. Raines wrote at 2010-12-10 00:31:51
I have a Frank Massa print I purchased at JCPenney back in the late 70's or early 80's for $5.99.  It has a a hanging fern, a jar of lemonade, a vase with 3 sunflowers,and a lemon squeezer on a cabinet.  All are in pencil except the sunflowers are in color.  There is a B.P. Co. copyright on the lower left corner.  On the back is printed Marsel Mirror, Brooklyn, NY, Stle #1620 B.  Sadly the print has faded, and I wish desperately I could replace it.

Marilyn wrote at 2011-01-21 23:55:51
I just purchased a f. Massa print on canvas for $3.00 at a thrift store. The theme, is possibly, of a country setting in the winter.  The trees are bare, with fall toned shrubbery in the foreground.

cm wrote at 2011-01-23 20:28:43
F Massa has been doing art work for over 45 years. And has done some freelance work as well.  I have some of his beautiful work and have the please of knowing him personally.

Barb wrote at 2011-04-14 17:29:01
I have four prints, each signed 'Frank Massa".  Each print is of two parrots, of various species.  On the back of the framed print is a sticker reading 'THE HOPE COLLECTION' with the numbers designating the numbered series.

Clare wrote at 2011-05-19 16:19:52
I bought an F Massa watercolour last week, also in a charity shop, at Port Shepstone in South Africa. It depicts a barn with a house diagonally beside it, with a fence between them, and a copse of trees in the distance. A bare tree with rocks and two logs at it's base are in the foreground. The painting is in a dark greeny grey, grey and a pale acid green. Lovely detail

Perhaps everyone should submit photo's of their Massa paintings  for a record?  

aba wrote at 2011-05-27 21:43:39
I hope cm let F. Xavier know that we all wonder about him and are enjoying his many prints of which I acquired three of today at a garage sale!

Wendy, Cocoa, Florida. U.S.A wrote at 2011-05-29 16:06:09
I have a picture that I bought in Marks and Spencer in England before moving to Florida USA. That would make it about 30 years old. On the back of the picture frame it is THE GRANARY, Frank Massa.  Marks and Spencer Baker Street London, I would have bought it in Gravesend or the Bolton/Manchester area. It is a little faded and yellowed, a granary and barn with a tree trunk and wheelbarrow in the foreground.

wyowriter1952 wrote at 2011-08-27 05:11:51

on sale on eBay as of 8/26/11.

Anita wrote at 2011-09-20 02:20:04
I have an F (Frederick) Massa picture of a pheasant standing in the foreground of a red barn in what appears to be a winter scene. F. Massa was a WPA artist born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Deanie wrote at 2011-10-25 00:49:34
I am so glad to learn a bit more about F Massa.  Thanks!  I have what looks like a pencil drawing filled in with watercolor--a pitcher with handle, full of coral, white and yellow daisies.  It is beautiful! Signed F. Massa

karen wrote at 2011-11-02 22:09:28
I just bought a F Massa painting/drawing on cardboard type material. I bought it at the local Salvation army store and I have been researching it and it brought me here. Mine is of a House/Cottage in the back ground with a pond in front of the house and a single swan in the pond. And there are tree's in the pic as well. It is beautiful, however wonder the worth of it. Mine is screwed to the frame and there is a number on the frame that reads 3280. He has signed it at the bottom with his F going across the Massa. Anyone know anything about this pic and what it may be worth? I am thinking it is an original because it is on a cardboard type material. Not paper, but it kinds looks like pencil print to or paint not sure but it is in excellent conditon.

Bobbie Steele wrote at 2011-11-05 02:48:35
I also have an F Massa painting.  It is of a barn and a 4 wheeled wagon hitch.  This is on what looks to be a heavy canvas.  The "F" in Mr. Massa's name shows the top portion of the "F" with a line that flows across the top of his entire name.  Below one of the wagon wheels is a copyright symbol with the letters B.P. Co.  Don't know if this helps.  This was passed to me by my step-father, so I have no idea of the time period.  It would appear to be the original frame and is held down in back with what looks like oversized staples.  (it's not staples as we know them)

dana wrote at 2011-11-26 17:34:53
I have two pictures my ant gave me when i grew up and moved out on my own. they are also signed f.massa..the top of the F goes across the entire name. The name is Very small and looks like it says fimassa.. So I'm not really sure. they are both of old homes one has bans a silo on the back ground..I love the old homes so the pictures are awesome for me.curious thou. there is a sticker on the back that say Better.... Because we want to be Design A Print INC. 2955 southside DR.  Memphis TN 38118 901-363-3045

twiga wrote at 2011-12-06 15:46:16
I, too, am searching for info on F. Massa, artist.  My print is of three (separate) scenes, each with an adult giraffe in a different pose.  

My friend found the print at a garage sale for $3.00 in about 1998.  I had it matted and framed and it hangs in my living room to this day.

The print appears to be done in pencil/colored pencil and is approximately 18" X 24".

I would like to get other prints, if I can find out more on where to locate his work.

Bea wrote at 2012-01-15 22:34:59
I have two F Massa Paintings. One is of a Turkey (beautifully painted, beautiful detail and colors) standing by a drab looking log, with an even more drab looking tree standing near by (winter scene, I guess, since the background is so drab). The other is of a Pheasant - again, beautiful colors on the pheasant, but rather drab background. The paintings, however, are so very eye catching and I am spellbound by the talent displayed in these wonderful pictures. I hope that F. Massa is or will become a famous artist in his own right. Although I found my paintings in a trift shop for $15.00 each, I certainly would not want to part with them, even if offered a considerable amount of money over that thrift store price.  

Anne wrote at 2012-02-04 18:35:55
I, too, own what I think is a print signed F. Massa.  In the foreground is a lovely river autumn colored buttercups with a yellow/black butterfly hovering. In the background are muted soft brown trees and grass.  

I bought it 20 years ago at a garage sale.  On the back is stamped "Marsel Mirrors" Brooklyn NY.  It is framed quite nicely and simply but very sturdy.  I have always liked it and it has been on my walls for 20 years.  

Nell Jean wrote at 2012-03-16 03:56:14
March 16, 2012

Tonight I purchased a F. Massa with the long F over the Massa name.  It is rather a large picture at least a 12 X 15.  It depicts a rather large barn in 3 sections.  The whole building is covered in shingles.  It has part of a fence in the left front and a rather large Tree over the top of 1 section of the barn. The section on the right side of the painting is open and has a couple of ladders, some fruit baskets, with the colors brown, beigh and a red ring around the middle.  There is also yellow jar and red bucket sitting on a shelf inside the building. It looks like a pencil drawing.  I paid $7.50 for the painting and could not believe that it could be acquired at that price.  It caught my eye the minute I saw it.  It has a happy home now.  There was a calender sheet with a picture of a horse show attached to the back. The calender sheet was of June 1989. I can only assume it was produced around that time.

Daisy wrote at 2012-04-21 22:24:13
To M. Raines posted on 10-12 --2010.....I have the print you are Looking For. Not Faded, but Old and in very great to excellent Conditon. How do I contact you? Daisy 636-723-2479

John wrote at 2012-06-02 17:04:45
I have a framed and matted F. Massa print depicting two birds flying over a stream/river with an anchored rowboat and small building (boathouse?) in the background.  It has a firm cardboard backing with the numbers Y997 and 25536 written thereon.  It belonged to my late wife but, since her passing 6 years ago, I feel it should belong to someone who appreciates Massa's work.

John 727-488-2525  

Daisy wrote at 2012-06-28 14:52:00
Are there NOT ANY Experts to answer these FRANK MASA .....F. MASA Questions? I am getting Calls, they are unsure themselves. I see many Questions, But NO answers. Daisy 636-723


Marge wrote at 2012-08-17 14:30:16
I too have a beautiful f.massa It`s a Large house in the background a stream running longside and a bridge to walk  across also a big barn with a way to cross over to get to it. And in the foreground a large tree that has lost it`s leaves. I assume this is the fall time of the year

Laurie, Ft. Lauderdale wrote at 2012-10-31 14:30:43
I just received a gift of a Frank Massa work done on light weight cardboard from my mother. She found it at a church charity shop in Georgia. She couldn't resist buying it for me because it depicts 2 cockatiels which reminded her of my 2 beloved pet cockatiels. It's just beautiful and makes me smile every time I look at it. I wish we knew more about the artist.

tracy wrote at 2012-11-28 21:16:53
i too have fmassa prints. would like to sell them.731-559-4299

D. Jarvis wrote at 2012-12-22 18:55:30
To Nell Jean, I was reading the description of your F. Massa which is just like the one we bought around the same time. We have a companion with two barns in the background and a wheelborrow in the left foreground with a basket of apples beside. We have enjoyed them for many years.  

Susie Cooper wrote at 2013-01-06 20:21:02
Hello, I have exactly the same picture that you have described.  I do really love it.  The cardinals look so alive. I have had the picture for years. Don't know anything about the artist, but hope you will find out.  Cheers...

Maryke wrote at 2013-04-16 09:12:51
Hi all, I also have a F. Massa, looks like watercolor, picture of a fisant flying over a stream, beaut. I got it from a furniture shop when I bought my a livingroom suite in 1984. Maryke, South Africa

LLD wrote at 2013-09-03 03:57:55
Was looking for the artist FMASSA. Bought two prints of pencil drawn lakes with duck pairs in flight between islands. One pair is Mallards, the other I'm not sure. The only color appears in the wildlife, the details of all the foliage, etc in pencil. The signature's F. has a bannering top line over the MASSA , the M a small trail downward as well as the last A. They are quite striking.  

Maksym Radionenko wrote at 2013-12-06 06:22:57
I too just got a watercolor painting (20 x 16) signed by F. Massa. It shows three white cranes taking off the shallow river in the Fall with the mountains on the background. Beautiful: colors are beige and light brown. I just love it - it is so tender. I got it as a gift today, and friends told me that they purchased it in Savers Thrift store for $1. Las Cruces, New Mexico. 12-4-2013. I saw Frank Massa's previous reply here. My great appreciation to him for his gift to paint and his kind heart. He reminded me my father's paintings...

Terri wrote at 2014-01-11 07:59:16
I believe the artist you are seeking is Frank Massa, of Bay Shore, New York. He was a friend of my father's. They used to do art shows together. Unfortunately, it appears that he passed away in July 2013. My father passed away in 2005, so I have no further information to share, other than that Frank, or "Mr. Massa" as I knew him in my childhood, was a very pleasant, gentle man. I'd know who was calling when I answered the phone and he asked for my father because he had a soft, dignified voice. I'm not 100% sure about this, but if I recall correctly, he did paint pictures of wildlife and birds, usually watercolor.

Jeanette wrote at 2014-02-10 02:33:59
I purchased a signed FMASSA lithograph of two robins and a monarch butterfly sitting on a branch of what looks like apple blossoms.  I picked this up at a used treasure sale for $2.00 in Haines City, Fl.  It's lovely--wish I could find info re the artist. Ebay has a couple of listings presently on their site for $39.99 and $48.99.  

snadajewski wrote at 2014-02-14 05:18:39
I've read all your wonderful queries and may be coming to a possibly strange conclusion about F. Massa.  I've seen his watercolors for sale on Ebay, a very distinct, and sometimes greyish swampy picture.  Moody, but not very colorful.

Next there are the animal and flower pictures, bright, detailed and singular.

Next there are the country cottages looking like fine penciled & colorful perspectives of all the seasons.

A possible conclusion? There is no F. Massa.  

No real biography, no auctions, no internet presence.  And such a prolific artist...his works are varied & spread all over the world.  

Just a wild guess, but he may be a conglomerate of various artists working for a greeting card company and everyone signing as F. Massa.

Julia wrote at 2015-01-04 03:01:05
I am an artist and recently bought the bear and squirrel framed picture, which I found quite compelling. I have also been on a "wild goose chase" trying to find out more information about the artist. At first, I assumed he was Frederick Massa because of an incorrect post. I think the reason that it is difficult to find out more information about the talented wildlife artist, Frank Xavier Massa, is because he was a commercial artist; he created fine art for the commercial mass market. He sold his artwork for greeting cards and department stores where people could buy framed pictures for their home decor. Although F. Massa was an excellent fine artist, artists who sell their work for mass production weren't thought of as highly as those who exhibited in galleries. Thus, they often were not accounted for in art history databases. This explanation is just my personal theory.

Harry Fox jr wrote at 2015-02-17 02:22:19
I also have what I believe is the same picture as Anne wrote 2012 -02-04 with the buttercups and butterfly hovering and "muted" soft brown trees in the background. my print is signed FMASSA with the top of the F going over the name. Great artist, and well liked by not a few people. The signature is a little different in a lot of the answers possibility of two or more artist Just an opinion.

DocGrab wrote at 2015-02-28 11:56:16
I have three different bird prints nicely matted and framed years ago. All three have the F extending over Massa. I believe Julia has the answer for the lack of information on this talented artist.  

K West wrote at 2015-03-07 01:29:19
I have an F Massa matted and framed bird print that I won at a PTA silent auction at my grandchildren's elementary school last year.  It depicts a pair of chickadees perched near a nest filled with hungry baby birds.  The colors are muted; in fact the apricot-colored maple leaves in the tree placed here and there are the most vivid colors in the entire picture.  But that's the color they turn in the fall down here in Tennessee.  There is an austere beauty about the picture. I would like to know more about the artist.

Katie wrote at 2015-03-12 21:57:02
I got given about 6 pictures today all in frames with the signature f massa. I don't know if they are originals or not but they are all very dreary, not bright at all.. They have no animals in them they are of cottages, trees, flowers. X

lizabeth wrote at 2015-06-02 15:44:42
I have several of what I believe to be original water color (I think) paintings with Frederick V Massa signed in the lower right corner on 2 of them, and F. V. Massa on a 3rd.  The signature is very clearly "printed", not cursive,. Two are dated 1932.  I acquired them from a gentleman who passed away 2 years ago, who grew up in New York as well.  He told me they were in the Waldorf guest rooms, and he acquired them during an auction after a renovation.  All paintings have people, animals, and a small naked child, in an open woods setting.  Am very curious to learn more about this artist. wrote at 2015-06-20 18:00:09
I have an embossed print of Carnations commissioned by Marks & Spencer under the St Michael label one of only 87 made, There is the original label on the back giving the number and stating the works as Frank Massa 1933 and who studied at the Pratt Institute. Any information is welcome.

B.F wrote at 2015-09-06 21:16:20
I also picked up two watercolors at a garage sale by the mysterious F Massa.  Both are of the ducks flying above water with a house in the background.  But everything else is different. I really like the work but I am wondering if he is a commercial artist.  The artist was very prolific

Piet Nel wrote at 2015-12-10 18:05:56
When I furnished my small studio apartment in 1981, I felt I needed a picture or two, so I went to the nearest source - a framing business with some prints for sale.

So I bought this print signed by Frank Massa. It's a riverside scene, very bleak, with bare trees and a sort of spooky ambience. It's very somber in color, almost completely gray with tinges of blue (I think) just visible.

I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

mikasar2 wrote at 2017-02-24 01:33:00
Bought 2 F. Massa fine reproduction prints today, produced by offset lithography on fine art paper, warranted with a Certificate of Authenticity on the back by The Guild 601 West 26th St. N.Y., N.Y. The reproduction Prints are signed by the artist himself in full name (i.e.)Frank Massa as well as printed signature of F. Massa just above. Both signatures appear real as they are almost identical but with the same little letter flourishes we all make when repeatedly signing our names.Copyright B.P. Co. in lower left. Also black ink stamped D8199 and D8197(same as Barbara, attic cleaner reply 2008-01-13 20:39:02) on back. Another label says A.P.F.,Inc. Framemakers & Conservators 601 West 26th St.showroom at the Carlyle Hotel New York City Hope this helps somebody!

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