Question I have a small watercolor approx. 8.5 x 9.5" that appears to be an original. The only marking on it is in the lower left corner and looks like 'dLJEnt'. There is nothing on the back. The scene is all done in shades of brown and portrays a single oriental fisherman walking up the beach from right to left past a boat out of water and toward two small huts. Is there any way to determine the Artist and date of a work like this?
Answer Dear Ruth,
I'm afraid there are more paintings that are never identified than ones where a person can find information on the artist. I cannot tell by your question, but is the marking you mention in handwriting or printed? It looks like a marking for a print. Without an artist's name; identification is not possible. One can put it in a style of another artist, but that would only be a personal opinion. The Asian scene further complicates the identification as many Asian artists are yet to be documented for western research.
I wish I could be of more help, but there is nothing in the information that can give clues to the artist or date of the painting. The scene on the beach, as you describe, could be from three different centuries. It is a very common image for Asian paintings.
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