Carl Moll, Austrian,1861-1945. This stunning landscape is a study in impressionist color and light and dark. It is an oil on canvas, signed lower right. It is 15 5/8" by 19 5/8" in a handsome newer gold frame with overall dimensions of 26 5/8" by 29 5/8". Moll is a master of light and dark and the use of impressionist brushstrokes to convey the impact of the intensity of color at dusk. He is listed in Benezit and sells for up to $304,000.
He was a member of the Worpswede group. "Worpswede is a group of artists who settled after 1889 in the north German village of Worpswede, near Bremen, in order to paint the local landscape. They depicted the heaths, meadows, forests, streams, bridges, windmills, and peasants of the area in a romantic and sentimental style, somewhat reminiscent of the earlier 19th-century Barbizon school in France. Fritz Mackensen and Otto Modersohn."
Carl Moll, born in Vienna in 1861, grew to be a painter of landscapes, interiors and still lifes, whose later work became a testimony to the Art Nouveau period. Beginning his art studies under Viennese landscape painter, Carl Haunold, Moll later became the student of Christian Griepenkerl at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. By far the most influential teacher of his career was Emil Jakob Schindler, with whom he painted and remained friends from 1881 until Schindler’s death in 1892. Although one of the founding members of the Vienna Secession in 1897, Moll left the movement in 1905 along with other followers of Gustav Klimt. While artistic director of the Miethke art gallery and dealership, Karl Moll organized numerous exhibitions, and, during this time, was credited for persuading the Austrian Gallery to purchase many important works by Cézanne, Van Gogh and Renoir.
From 1912 on, Moll traveled Europe and worked for private collectors, saving many important works from obscurity by bringing them back to Vienna. As a post-secessionist artist, Moll concentrated on landscapes and light, as well as on capturing the atmosphere and ambiance of the scenes he depicted. In 1930, he published a book on his former teacher and friend, Emil Jakob Schindler, and continued organizing worthy exhibitions until his death in 1945.