Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. The
original painting depicted in your example was a masterpiece painted
in 1864 by French realist painter Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot
(1796-1875) and was entitled, ?Souvenir De Mortefontaine? (?Memory of
You do not have the original painting because it is accounted for in
the Louvre Museum in Paris where it has been almost exclusively for
almost 150 years .
So unless this is a modern reproduction the next best scenario, in
terms of value, is that you may have a hand-printed etching (called a
?re-strike etching?) that was created from the original Victorian
etching plate of the painting which is sometimes marketed under the
renamed title, ?Spring Morning?.
As a commenter suggested the partial word ?FruhLingsmo*? is most
likely indicative of the painting?s title ?Spring Morning?, or
?Frühlingsmorgen? in German. The presence of the German phrase
suggests that this painting might have been originally acquired from a
German dealer (but that is mere speculation on my part).
Corot is well known for his misty, almost melancholy landscape scenes,
some others of which you can see here:
Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot was known as an extremely generous man and
because he was blessed with his own income outside of his artwork,
unlike some he managed to continue to paint for many years. Because he
was rather prolific he became well known though not altogether highly
regarded by the French art world of his day. This fame resulted in
numerous forgeries of his paintings even in his own lifetime which of
course means that at least some of the paintings thought to be
original today could very well be fakes.
Having said that, there are several types of this particular painting:
THE ORIGINAL: Painted by Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot himself.
FORGERY: An original painting purporting to be by the original artist but is not.
RE-STRIKE PRINTS: (sometimes called a ?restrike etching?) a print
"struck" (i.e. printed) from the original block (usually a metal
plate) but at a later time than the original edition, and SOMETIMES
even hand painted over after striking to give it an original
MODERN REPRODUCTION: A modern print made of an original painting using
modern mass production techniques.
Now, IF the painting you have is the original it would most assuredly
take an expert to determine it?s value.
IF the painting you have is a forgery, it may actually be fairly
valuable. Again, it would take an expert to determine this for
IF the artwork you have is a restrike, again it could be valuable
depending on when and where the print was made.
If the artwork is a modern reproduction it probably isn?t worth a
great deal, however one cannot discount the fact that if the art is
quite old there is always the possibility that the frame might
actually be worth more than the painting.
Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot?s work appears to be quite active in the
action market nowadays. While we can?t see the prices here unless we
subscribe to ArtPrice.com you may, if you wish, sign up and find out a
great deal more about this man and his current worth (in both original
and print form) on the collector?s market.
There is also a feature that I think you will find particularly
interesting that allows you to consult art historians who can
potentially help you to establish a reasonable market value of your
Unfortunately value is frequently relative to the condition of the
piece in question. From the photo you posted the example you have
appears to be in fairly poor condition (you will note that the colors
are quite faded in comparison to the on in this photo and some of the
actual detail is no longer visible).
Depending on the source of the damage (smoke, light, weather, etc.)
with some cleaning from a restoration professional it may be
reconditioned considerably, which may in turn enhance its value.
I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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