Oil on canvas signed lower left
Dimensions : H. 46,5 x W. 94,3 cm
With frame : H. 65 x W. 112,5 cm
Franz Molitor was born on August 17, 1857 in Capellen (Luxembourg). This painter specialized in religious subjects, genre scenes and still lifes. In Düsseldorf, he was a student of K. Sohn, P. Jansen and E. von Gebhardt. He is naturally best known in Germany, where he produced most of his work.
In this painting with its atypical format, Molitor skilfully orchestrates a surprising composition. On a wide horizontal plane, numerous pears, apples, quinces and grapes are spread out; the arrangement nevertheless remains airy thanks to the addition of vegetal elements and the bronze display stand. The delicacy of the drawing, the subtil treatment of the shiny material of the fruits, the idyllic background, as well as the marble entablature partially covered with a fine linen, plunge us into the atmosphere of Pre-Raphaelism born in England in 1848. It is certainly a work from Molitor's youth, circa 1880/1890, a period in which this movement had a great influence on the artist.
5 800 €