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Found einar Petersen in a bunch of old prints from old hotel. Painting is 26x50. Painting is perfect, frame is original although been touched up with spray paint. Seen another one but it is 7'x15'. Is this common to paint more than one. Mine is unmistakeable as an oil on board painting. Not a print. Looking for a value and a good appraiser in Denver or Omaha area.

A few quick thoughts:
Janet G. Smith is an appraiser in Omaha.

She will likely look online and find that Einar Cortsen Petersen (1885-1986) does not come to public auction much. But in the last decade a number of his oils of similar size have fetched between $1,000 and $2,000.  (Then figure and back out your seller's fees, etc.)  

One notable exception is a sale at Barridoff Galleries in Maine back in 2006 of two 26x32 works of similar style and palette. Buyer paid $6,000 for each, including the house premium. Sounds like they had the right people in the right room at the right time! 2006 was also a high-water mark for the American art market, so take that into account.  

I would say that there is currently a good running interest in Western artworks, both fine art paintings and sculpture pieces.  You might try sending high resolution photographs to the following auction houses that regularly conduct auctions in precisely this genre.  
-Bonhams in San Francisco
-John Moran in Los Angeles (Pasadena)
-Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX

Offhand, I'd be surprised if an auction house didn't estimate at least a $2,000 - $2,500 value on this painting, and that could vary upwards depending on condition.  It looks like a wonderful piece.  Best of luck!

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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 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.

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