Question hi, i am trying to find out any info i can about this picture i received from my mother in law. she found it in an antique shop in brookline, ma. i know it is a copy of Renoir's "little Irene". the signature on the painting is in the right top corner and after the signature there is a number i believe to be 80. the dimensions are 17x22 inches. the painting has a very small area that is damaged and when i felt it it was like touching cotton. the painting is in an old frame backed by small nails. please tell me if there is a way to find out if this is a print or a lithograph. and if there is any way to date it. thank you in advance for your time and attention. sincerely yours, Lisa
Answer Dear Lisa,
It sounds as though you have a vintage print after the original painting by Renoir. Since it is a copy of a painting it cannot be considered original art. Many copies of this beautiful image have been created by various publishers throughout the years so unless the publishers name is on the print, I cannot give you a date of printing but, it is probably sometime mid-twentieth century.
The value of the copies vary widely, but condition on a vintage print is a major factor in determining value. The feel of the paper as cotton is probably due to the type of paper it was printed on. You can check eBay and other sites for examples of pricing using key words "vintage print Little Irene by Renoir". I hope this information is helpful.
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