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Avant Garde Abstract Painting on Poster Board signed Abelove or Abelore

 
 
Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2016 11:51 pm
Trying to find out about this painting on some type of poster/paper board. It is signed either Abelove or Abelore but I can't find anything on that name. One the back at the top right, handwritten in pencil it says, " Fount of Youth" but I can't make out what was below that. It looks avant garde or abstract. Reminds me of Picasso. Also, there is a small cut out Y "pasted" on it.

http://i.imgur.com/SFPJ11M.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/7zvAYu7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Gk4wc1s.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/a0Ml9qn.jpg
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 11:51 am
I found a painting by Joan Abelove (the writer?). It looks like she was represented by Rudolph Galleries, Woodstock NY or Coral Gables, FL.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/238635211/joan-abelove-abstract-painting-title
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 11:55 am
Found an obituary that mentions her paintings: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=joan-abelove-elbaum&pid=147478090
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contrex
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 12:03 pm
@Raestelle,
I hope you can see these images:

Signature on your painting:
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p29/badoit/2abelove_signature_zpsqbfifpkt.jpg

Signature on a painting by Joan Abelove:
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p29/badoit/abelove_signature_zps0ny676us.jpg

This is on sale at 927.07 British pounds (I guess the site translates the price into local currency) (this is 1200 US dollars on round numbers). The seller is FloridaModern at Etsy.com

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/238635211/joan-abelove-abstract-painting-title

The signatures sure look similar. I would get it valued and if you try to sell it, use a reputable dealer.

She died in 2010, and her obituary says her paintings were purchased by galleries in New York and Florida.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=joan-abelove-elbaum&pid=147478090

There is a writer of the same name, I believe, who is still alive and lives in New York.
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Raestelle
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 12:58 pm
@Raestelle,
Thank you all! You've definitely given me some direction! I appreciate it!
Raestelle
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 01:02 pm
@Raestelle,
I noticed you said Florida. It was framed by Bell's Art Supplies in Coral Gables, FL.
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Raestelle
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 01:03 pm
@Raestelle,
Yes, I will do that. Thank you!
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Raestelle
 
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Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2016 01:08 pm
@Raestelle,
Thank you! Who do you believe would be a reputable dealer in the Houston, TX area? I have no experience with this kind of art.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2016 06:34 am
@Raestelle,
Any dealer would be a good start, One thing is certain, this one has real value. Also remember: appraisals are based on a percentage of the value.

You might start with an auction house or an art historian at a local university.

I would approach Rudolph Galleries, Woodstock NY or Coral Gables, FL first.
Raestelle
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2016 07:46 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Thank you, Bob! Rudolph Galleries existed from 1944 - 1985. I am currently trying to locate any of the museums that hold her art. Any additional suggestions from anyone would be very welcomed! I appreciate everyone who responded!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2016 03:25 pm
I found a mention of her in the "in memoriam" section of a prep school newsletter: https://issuu.com/cmtk-o/docs/ko-mag-winter-2012 (page 48, if the link doesn't take you there).

It looks like the school is still in operation: http://www.kingswoodoxford.org/page.cfm?p=403

Maybe they could give you a lead!
Raestelle
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2016 05:04 pm
@boomerang,
Thank you for that lead, boomerang!
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Raestelle
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2016 05:37 am
Update: You all have been so helpful that I thought it was only right to share with you a little more background and keep you posted. After all, if it weren't for the great suggestions and helpful leads from the awesome people who replied to this post, my progress would've been a lot slower.

I have taken everyone's advice and submitted inquiries to the various sources suggested. I am awaiting replies and further leads. I did submit an inquiry to a well known auction house and I received, in part, this reply, ".... We are in the process of researching the work and will get back to you asap."

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share with you the way I came into owning this painting. My daughter (who recently announced her first pregnancy) and I are in the beginning stages of developing our own small two-woman online resale business out of her house for a little extra "here comes the baby" income. I've been buying little things here and there that we would enjoy selling (or keeping, should no one agree with our taste). One day last week, I had to kill some time as I was meeting up with my sister and she ran later than expected, so I stopped at a local thrift store by her house even though I really wasn't on a resale hunt. As I walked by this painting, my first thought was, "Hmmm... odd. Why would someone paint that?" Now mind you, I'm a plain Jane. I like everything simple and explanatory, so my first instinct was to walk on by. However, in hindsight, I think this painting began talking to my alter-ego (that's the only explanation I have for not moving along). I stared it for a long time before pulling up a little stool to stare at it some more. I liked the texture ... the way the oil and acrylic (I think acrylic) sort of "dances" gives it a depth of "never-ending transformation." The oil leads my eyes right back into the acrylic and vice-versa and I found an interesting new nuance with every turn of the trail. I began to wonder what the unknown artist was, ever so subtle, trying to convey. And then I saw the added "Y." It could stand for youth and/or the way it shouts out as a stand alone could be asking the question, "Why?" Well, no more of my thoughts for now. I have too many. I'm sure you have some of your own. I'd love to hear them!

To sum this up, I had no idea who the unknown artist was or even if it had any monetary value at all. I just thought it was crazy that it held my attention for so long and evoked an entire dialogue with me ... and, it was within my budget. Smile
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2016 05:41 am
@boomerang,
Good clue!!!
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2016 05:45 am
@Raestelle,
Your story is exactly about what art does to us and for us.

And lucky you, your eye led you to a serious piece of art. You just may have several thousands of dollar worth of what your heart knew was art before your eye did. Keep shopping. I bet you find more!
Raestelle
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2016 07:31 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Bob, that is mind-blowing and hard for me to process. Thank you so much for laying it out there like that! It's hard for me to explain my appreciation and how the encouragement reinforces my instinct to understand what my heart is trying to tell my mind.
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Mon 8 Aug, 2016 04:30 pm
@Raestelle,
Don't buy what you don't like unless you know what it is. Buy it cause you like it and it speaks to you.
Raestelle
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2016 03:51 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Yup! Sorry for the long absence. My daughter's upcoming wedding is taking over our lives, lol!
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 13 Sep, 2016 03:55 am
@Raestelle,
Weddings are good! Congratulations for your new art room, and much happiness to your daughter and her intended!
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