DRECHSLER, Johann Baptist
(b. 1756, Wien, d. 1811, Wien)
Still-Life with Flowers, Fruit and Birds in the Open1789
Oil on canvas, 111 x 143 cm
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
Johann Baptist Drechsler was an Austrian painter specialised in flower painting. He was the director of a branch of the Vienna Academy for "schooling taste and the art of invention."
The present still-life was his reception piece submitted for the Academy in 1789. It shows that the painter was still firmly attached to late seventeenth-century principles of composition exemplified by Dutch artists such as Matthias Withoos. In Holland it was a known practice to integrate a decorative flower piece in the ambiance of a forest floor with birds and insects, towered over by stone monuments.