Anthony Michael Autorino Oil, ca. 2000
I brought this oil painting that I inherited from my aunt. It hung over her fireplace for many years and when she passed away, I got it.
And do you know anything about the artist?
Well, there is a label on the back that says "Gisson." I went online and did some research, but I could not match up the signature with the label, so, again, I came up with a blank.
Well, the painting is not by André Gisson. It's similar in style to his work. It's actually by an artist named Anthony Michael Autorino. And he is often misattributed, and that's because he uses an artist signature device rather than just signing his name, Autorino. So here, in the upper right of the painting, we have a signature. It's an M with a line through it, which doubles as two As. And the first A is for Anthony, the M is for Michael, and then the last A is for Autorino. So the "MAA" is followed by a little U, and then the rest of his last name, "torino." He's a New Jersey artist.
He did work for a while in New York. He's still painting. This is probably a work of his, I would guess, from the late '90s, possibly early 2000s. He did a lot of New Jersey shore paintings, which is what this most likely is. He did New Jersey shore and also then Bucks County, PA. It's an oil-on-canvas painting and there is a little bit of surface dirt. Otherwise, it's in really good condition. Now, do you have any idea the value of this work? GUET: Not a clue. I mean, if it was the other artist, I had, like, a $12,000. But since it wasn't, then...
Well, if this painting were in a New Jersey gallery, a retail price on this painting would be about $18,500.
Wow, wow. That's fantastic.
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