Thanks for the detailed response. The reason we know it's at least 50 years old is because my wife is 45 and her aunt told her many years ago that she bought the painting at least 10 years before she was even born. So, it is at least 50 years old, more like 60 years.
The kids DO look a little scared, almost lost. The boy appears to be comforting his sister (?). In any case, it's here to stay in the L/R
I would have to believe this painting will be next to impossible to ID without a name on the painting, or at least initials?
Why do you think it's 50 years old btw? The art seems a bit modern in some respects.
I would say it looks something like Dutch or some strange take on WW2 scene? Hard to say really. Portray's orphans most likely. I tried to google variations of the scene, but I got nothing.
I agree it's a cool painting and well done. Who know, maybe it's a famous painter who died before signing it, lol.