Flower still life painting enjoyed enormous success in the late 19th century, with artists like Henri Fantin-Latour becoming wealthy on their pictures of cut flowers in vases. Such images were admired for their verisimilitude and sense of fleeting beauty.

Scholderer was a successful German exponent of the genre, and this spray of lilacs against a neutral two-toned background is representative of his considerable skill.

Key facts

Artist dates
1834 - 1902
Full title
Date made
about 1860-1902
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
50 x 37 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Dr J.V. Scholderer, son of the painter, 1971
Inventory number
Location in Gallery