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Park Bridge painting
Park Bridge painting  
Hello,
I have submitted a question to Dan and he has asked that submit  to you as well:
I have tried and tried to decipher this artist's name and cannot. It is an oil on canvas of a bridge in a park in New York, I believe. The previous owner said it had been in her family since the 1960's. I have attached an image of the signature. I can send a pic of the entire painting if you like
Thank you so much for any help in advance!!
Jann

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Jann,
Try as we might, the AllExperts volunteers cannot possibly hope to identify everything that ends up in a frame or on a wall.   You would be surprised if I told you what a large majority of the submitted pictures and signatures are unknown.  Whenever I see a one-name signature, it is an immediate red flag...artists typically will use full names including middle names or initials.  Some creatively construct fancy monograms.  Unlike the pop music universe (Sting, Prince, Madonna), single names are not prized on fine art canvasses.  In fact, many manufacturers who crank out what I'd politely term "decorative art", often in overseas businesses, will have these fictitious single names applied.  

The fifties and sixties, a period of explosive post-war consumerism, featured many such efforts to meet burgeoning demand for what some have called "middlebrow culture". Even Sears Roebuck was in the business (partnered with Vincent Price!) of selling affordable paintings through its famous catalogue.

In short, I do not recognize this signature.  Doesn't mean you cannot continue to enjoy your artwork, or even sell your bridge to someone who might enjoy it equally!  If you like it, hang it.

Regards,
Stu

JANN - YES.  ACTUAL OIL ON CANVAS.  PLENTY OF WORKERS, SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD AT THIS VERY MOMENT...PAID BY THE HOUR...NOT MUCH PROBABLY...PUTTING OIL ON CANVAS. OR PERHAPS SIDEWALK PAINTERS WHO ARE CRANKING THEM OUT EVERYDAY. FOR INSTANCE, CHECK OUT THE SIDEWALK VENDORS DOWN ALONG CENTRAL PARK. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND SIMILAR WORK.  

THIS IS NOT TO SAY YOU DON'T HAVE A PAINTING BY A WELL-KNOWN ARTIST. JUST THAT I DON'T KNOW THE SIGNATURE.

THANK YOU FOR THE KIND FEEDBACK/COMMENTS.  CENTRAL PARK IS A BEAUTIFUL SPOT...ENJOY THE PAINTING!

STU  

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Stuart Cartwright

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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