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lake scene
lake scene  
Hello, I wondered if this painting of a lake/mountain scene could be identified by you. The original oil painting has been signed by Ivan but there is no other name.Thanks for your help. D Scott

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Darran,
Sometimes a photo is worth many words, as the old adage goes.  Your picture tells me quickly that your oil painting, while it may be original, is not necessarily of very high artistic caliber or merit.  Your artist could be (a)a "Sunday painter" that is to say, a hobbyist or (b) an art school student or (c) a commercial artist knocking them out quickly to earn next week's rent.  A pleasing scene, classic composition, but not a lot in the brushstokes and detail here to tell me that this was completed by a trained and widely recognized fine artist.  Not to say that if you like it, it might not look fine on your wall, and then you would enjoy seeing it every day. Have fun collecting art.  Visit lots of museums, attend local auctions, and keep doing what you are doing here: asking questions.

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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.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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