This masterfully great still life with flowers, pineapple, pears and grapes was executed in 1841 by famous painter of Dutch origin Leopold von (van) Stoll (b.1808). He was active in Austria, around 1828 - in Warsaw and Cracov and in 1830 - 1834 - in St. Petersburg, where he was busy designing floral arrangements for the Botanic Gardens. In St. Petersburg Academy he was elected to the " designated " , and in 1831 was awarded the title of academician for the painting " Flowers and fruit group". In 1834, the artist came back to Austria to get a popular acclaim for his wonderful flower paintings and fruits. The Ermitage in St.Petersburg has a few his still life and flowers paintings in its collection ( Cataloque of Ermitage , 1901) and Viennese Schönbrunn - his still life with the statue of the nymph Egeria.
Literature: The artist is listed in : "Austrian Artists Dictionary "by Heinrich Fuchs, Vienna, 1974; " Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler " by Thieme / Becker. Leipzig, 1999 (both in German); List of Russian Painters. To 245 anniversary of the Academy" (in Russian) by S.N.Kondakoff , Moscow, 2002.
Inscription: signed L. Stoll and dated 1841, lower middle.
Technique: oil on canvas. Magnificent antique gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 34 1/4" x h 45 1/4 " (87 x 115 cm), framed w 43 3/4" x h 54" (111 x 137 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.