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Dear Mr. Klevit:

I inherited several paintings (oil I think, on a thin canvas) by one S. Komori. I know that these were purchased by a late brother in law who was with the U.S. Occupation Forces  in Japan, 1945-46.

I know nothing of the artist. One work is a still life, vase, fruit etc. Another is of a mountain scene.  Is there any information on this artist? My late relative was unschooled in art, he could have just bought these at a street fair.

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Two possibilities come to mind, Robert:  Yes, these paintings could have been by a "street fair" artist.  But that doesn't mean they're not great.  Second, they could have been by an important artist, nationally or regionally, who, sixty years later, simply does not appear on the international radar screen, which is all I have accessible to me.  Enjoy them, and unschooled as you suggest, your brother-in-law clearly enjoyed art and may have had a great eye, which cannot be taught.  To make the point, think of a favorite singer of yours of the 1950s or so.  Maybe out of favor today.  Not terrific?  enjoy.  Alan.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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