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Extreme rare motive from old Tiflis , the capital of Georgia, this painting was executed by prominent and high quoted Austrian painter and illustrator Franz Xaver Simm (1853 Vienna - 1918 Munich). The artist created this work during his life and work as theater designer in Tiflis in the beginning of 1880s.
The son of a family of painters , F.X. Simms studied from 1869 to 1876 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Eduard von Engerth and Anselm Feuerbach. He received a two-year travel grant in 1876 to Rome, and remained until 1881, Italy. There, he married Marie Mayer, also a painter. Together they then went to Tiflis ( nowTbilisi) in Georgia, there to run murals in the Caucasus Museum. Later, he lived in Munich, where he accepted a professorship.Simm worked mainly as an Illustrator. Later, he created increasingly small genre pictures in the Empire style. This small genre works arrive high results by international auctions to 70000 Euro.
Literature: Prof.H.Fuchs " Die Österreichischen Maler", Vienna, 1975; Thieme/Becker "Lexicon of artists from antique to contemporary" (in German), Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed, dated 1881 and titeld Tiflis, lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 27 5/8" x h 17 3/4" (70,5 x 45 cm), framed w 38 1/4" x h 28" (97 x 71 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.