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My Great Grandfather owned a framing shop in New Canaan, CT. One day a man came in and offered to sell him a painting that he claimed the Germans stole from a french museum during WW1/WW2. My family has held on to it and never really looked into... however I have taken the responsibility to try to find out what exactly this painting is. It is no doubt very old and is painted on canvas... there is french writing on the back so that seems to coincide with the story. The painting is of Adam and Eve and a serpent.... Any ideas as to what this could be/if it holds value?

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Hello, this painting looks to be circa 1910-1920's French. I cannot decipher the name of the artist. It looks as though the signature may have been added later. If the painting were to be from a French Museum, you would see accession numbers on the back of the stretcher or label. Also, you would probably see French museum stamps on the verso as well. The label is from "Paul Foinet et fils. He was part of a family of canvas, pigment, and material dealers for the 19th-20th Century French artists. See below for info on Paul Foinet.

Paul Foinet founded the business in the 1880s, marketing his traditional artisan-made products by door-to-door visits to artist򳠳tudios. In 1902, Foinet򳠳on-in-law, Lucien Lefebvre, opened the Montparnase premises on rue Br顬 called Lefebvre-Foinet, that would serve the art establishment for the next 90 years. Lucien was succeeded by his son, Maurice, a renowned figure, and then by Maurice򳠤aughter, Josette. Even after the Paris shop was closed in the mid-1990s, Lefebvre-Foinet honored a commitment to continue to make tubes and colors for about a dozen artists.

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I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.

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