This is a wonderful and beautifully painted oil on canvas by French/Polish artist Emile Eisman Semenowsky, 1857-1911, depicting a pretty young lady hiding from a young girl who is quite tempted to grab a piece of fruit. It has a lot of details and very vibrant colors.  Plus it has a gorgeous gold frame. Semenowsky was most likely born in Poland and was of Jewish descent. Little is known about his childhood and education. In the 1880s/1890s, he spent several years in Paris, where he created the majority of his oeuvre. Semenowsky was influenced by Oriental subjects, a widespread phenomenon in French 19th century art. His favorite subjects were depictions of women in oriental and antique style costumes and genre scenes. His works were very popular among Parisian bourgeoisie and many of his works were purchased by American collectors. His prices are still climbing. This painting is signed "Eisman Semenowsky" botttom left. 

DIMENSIONS: canvas size: height--31"; width--23"

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Oil on canvas, "The Temptation" Emile Eisman Semenowsky, 1857-1911

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