|Title:||1968 Gustav Likan Water Color Painting|
|Description:||Original Framed & signed abstract watercolor on board of a park scene with people, childeren and balloons. Title is unknown. Signed Likan 1968/VII.|
|Condition:||Seems to be in good condition with original frame.|
|Origin:||found at an estate sale.|
|Provenance:||Not to my knowlegde. Unknown!|
|Appraised By:||Bianca M. Nakovics|
|Appraiser Comments:||Born in Yugoslavia in 1912, Gustav Likan became known in Europe for his portraits of royalty and heads of state. He studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, where he received Master Student status, meaning he was given his own private studio and model. He spent his summers in Holland, Italy, France where he visited museums and sketched and painted. He then immigrated to South America and then to the United States, arriving in Chicago in 1957. He was appointed to the staff of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts as an instructor, where he taught until 1967. For the remainder of his life, Professor Likan resided in Texas. He taught at the Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin and reportedly was a popular instructor. He was an outspoken critic of gimmickry in art. “Intellectual conjecture” as he put it. He believed rather in the unifying nature of art: “The function of art is the creation of beauty. The artist has the power to create in others his pleasurable excitement, thereby sharing with them esthetic experiences.” The painting presented appears to be an original work by Yougoslavian artist Gustave Likan. The painting appears to be done in watercolor, signed and dated 1968 lower left. In the current wholesale/auction market, works by Likan in this size are ranging betweem $125-$800, depending on condition, appeal and interest at time of sale. I looked at some of his pieces currently for sale at some online galleries, and I would say in the right gallery this piece could fetch as much as $2,500-$3,500. This is just an estimate, it could go for more or less than that depending on interest at time of sale. It's a lovely piece! Thank you. (This appraisal is based on the images and information provided by the customer, the item has not been physically examined. It is going on the assumption that all submissions are accurate and true. Final valuation of an item does not constitute authentication, it is just going on the assumption of authenticity. Items cannot be authenticated through this venue)|
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