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M. Valmain painting
M. Valmain painting  
Hello!  I was wondering if you could help me identify an artist.  I have uploaded a picture of an oil painting I have signed M. Valmain.  The painting looks a lot like Francois Gerome's works.  Do you think that it is a reproduction of one of his works painted by M. Valmain?  I'd appreciate any information you could find out.  Thank you.

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Lady at Opera
Lady at Opera  

Lady at Opera
Lady at Opera  
DuMouchelles April Auction Session 3
8:00 AM PT - Apr 17th, 2005
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409 East Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
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This image was from the above auction.
It sold for $350

It really doesn't look like Valmain was attempting to copy the other artist. There were quite a lot of artist painting similar young ladies.

http://www.crnauctions.com/trove/lots/detail/228670/013
Lot 13 : MAURICE VALMAIN (French, 20th c.)
MAURICE VALMAIN (French, 20th c.)
woman at the theater sgn. and date u.l. Maurice Valmain 56 o/c, 25 by 21 in., framed
Estimate: $200 - $300  

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PLEASE READ MY ENTIRE PROFILE TO FIND OUT IF YOUR QUESTION AND IMAGE FITS MY OFFER OF HELPING YOU. We can answer questions about fine art oil painting restoration, antique paintings, and painting oil painting landscapes. We only answer questions about oil paintings. Please do not ask us to identify paintings that do not have absolutely legible signatures with first name or initial plus last name. Please images of signatures must be absolutely close-up and sharp. We do not give advice about nude paintings. Do not send nude images.

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