Reserved - Worn Portrait Of An Older Gentleman

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An early 20th-century portrait of a smart older gentleman wearing a white shirt, black tie and jacket. With his stern expression and heavyset eyes, he looks like a man with an intriguing story.

The portrait has been varnished heavily and this has cracked in places to create a network of curved lines. However, rather than detract from the painting’s overall appeal, it only seems to amplify this gentleman’s tough appearance.

An unusual and highly atmospheric piece.

Medium Oil on canvas
18” x 16” / 46cm x 38cm
Year of creation
c. 1920
Rotterdam, Holland
The paint layer is bituminised in the bottom right and has some scuffing around the periphery. The varnish layer has cracked in areas.