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oil on canvas
95.4 × 73.9 cm
inscribed in black paint l.c.: L. v Stoll 1837
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1956
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Gallery location
Not on display

Collection of F. Schwitzer, Vienna, before 1949; collection of George Papp (b. 1903, Hungary), by 1949 and by whom brought to Australia  in that year; his collection, Melbourne, until 1956; from whom acquired, by Dr Eric Westbrook, for the NGV, in 1956.

At least thirty-nine identifiable varieties of fruits and flowers are represented in this spectacular painting. In addition, the composition contains elements, such as the pomegranate, which could be read as symbols of the Passion. Since the fifteenth century Dutch artists in particular had taken a scientific approach to still life, with accuracy of detail being vitally important. Leopold Stoll continued this tradition in St Petersburg, Russia, where he was official painter at the botanic gardens. By 1837 Stoll was working in Vienna. The frozen realism and glowing colours of his floral arrangements found favour with the classicising Biedermeier taste of mid-century Austria.