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This masterfully szene in the monastery wine cellar was executed by very good listed Austrian genre and portrait painter Ernst Nowak (1851-1919). Nowak was a pupil of the Vienna Academy under Carl Wurzinger and August Eisenmenger. He became famous for his portraits and genre scenes with monks. From 1888 Nowak was a member of the Vienna Artists Unit.
Literature: Thieme/Becker V. 5, 1911. H.Fuchs "Lexicon of Austrian artists of 19th century", Vienna, 1975.
Inscription: signed E. Nowak upper left.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 15" x h 18 1/2" (38 x 47,5 cm) , framed w 22 5/8" x h 26 1/4" (63,5 x 71 cm).