Robert Blum Painting, ca. 1885
It's about 1920. My mother bought it. She bought it at a showing in a art shop in Rockford, Illinois. She paid $2,000 for it.
And the artist is?
It's actually pronounced Robert "Bloom," even though it doesn't have an E.
Oh, really? Okay.
It may be that she bought it in the Midwest because he was from the Midwest. He's from Cincinnati, Ohio. As you rightly said, it desperately needs to be cleaned. You can see the sky is very brownish here, and it would be a nice blue if it were cleaned. And it has a touch of paint loss down here. But I think in spite of all that, you have a wonderful work. It's pretty much in original condition. And this artist is fairly rare. He doesn't come up at auction very often. So I think all in all, you might want to insure it for something like $125,000.
A little more than $2,000.
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