Fine lithographed view of Odessa by the Simferopol born artist.
Born in 1822 in the family of a German colonist and artist Johann Ludwig, Friedrich (Feodor) Gross, moved to Odessa in the 1840s, where he started working at the printmaking studio of Alexander Braun. Despite the competitive environment of the capital of the Novorossiysk region, which was home to many prominent painters, works of the young artist got noticed and received recognition from the demanding public. Such support enabled him to publish an album titled “Vidy Krima” [Views of Crimea] in 1846, which included 54 plates that he lithographed himself after his paintings. Another artist’s project was a series of views of Odessa that included “Richelieu Lyceum”, “View on the Prakticheskaya harbour”, “Quarantine”, “Boulevard” and many more. In 1854-55 a local publisher Frantsev & Nitchean issued an album with his fifteen selected views of Odessa. In 1857 Gross returned back to Crimea and settled in Kerch, where he worked at the local museum of antiquities eventually becoming its director.
“The name of Feodor Ivanovich Gross has only recently been recovered from the oblivion. Now he can be rightfully called one of the first native Crimean artists, who dedicated his life to celebrating the beauty of his native land…” (M.R. Malgina, “Zhivopisnaya Tavrida. Litografii XIX veka” [Picturesque Tavrida. Lithographs of XIX century]. Sonat, 2011).
Lithograph, 45 x 57 cm. (17 3/4 x 22 1/2 in), marginal repairs, some light waterstains.
Stock ID: 94240