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Otto Franz Scholderer: 'Lilac'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

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.

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