Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 9

John Stoll
"Drowsy Bums" - Mid Century Figurative San Francisco Dock Landscape

1949

$800
$1,25036% Off

About

Figurative landscape capturing dock workers' afternoon break by John Theodore Edward Stoll (b. Germany; 1889, d. California; 1974). Signed "John Stoll" lower right. Titled "Drowsy Bums" lower left. Presented in an archival mat with foam cor backing. Art has undergone professional conservation; testing, cleaning, PH balance, de-acidification. Museum acid free mat. Image: 8"H x 11.38"W; paper size, 10.38"H x 13.38"W. John Stoll was a 20th-century Bay Area painter, etcher and sculptor who specialized in maritime views and works with a nautical theme. Born in Göttingen, Germany in 1889, he studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Stoll left Germany for South America as a young sailor before the start of World War I. In 1915 he settled in San Francisco, where the art works shown at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition inspired him to pursue a career as an artist. Stoll received additional artistic training for a short time at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), but was otherwise self-taught. He began showing his works in the early 1920s. In 1934 he worked for the Public Works of Art Project sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department, submitting designs for low relief plaques for San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Then Stoll made watercolor drawings of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. At the end of the decade Stoll created six murals for the Court of the Seven Seas at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. In 1946 Stoll was commissioned to create murals for the Sailors Union of the Pacific Building in San Francisco in memory of sailors lost in World War II, as well as a statue of a helmsman for the Union’s plot in the Olivet Memorial Park cemetery in Colma, Calif. Stoll exhibited widely, with his works appearing in exhibitions in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in overseas exhibitions in Mexico City, Madrid, Rome and Caracas. In 1960 Stoll moved from San Francisco to Mill Valley, where he lived until his death in 1974. (Rev. TNB 12/2013) Selected bibliography: Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940. San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Co., 1986. 2nd ed. 1989, p. 537. McChesney, Mary Fuller. “Interview with John Stoll,” February 8, 1965, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Details

  • Creator
    John Stoll (1889 - 1974, American)
  • Creation Year
    1949
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.38 in. (36.53 cm)Width: 17.38 in. (44.15 cm)Depth: .25 in. (6.35 mm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Some slight age toning to paper. Art has undergone professional conservation; testing, cleaning, PH balance, de-acidification.
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: JT-Sj39721stDibs: LU5422617763

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $20 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 6-11 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Soquel, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Artist

John Stoll

John Stoll was a 20th-century Bay Area painter, etcher and sculptor who specialized in maritime views and worked with a nautical theme. He was born in Göttingen, Germany in 1889, and studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Stoll left Germany for South America as a young sailor before the start of World War I. In 1915, he settled in San Francisco, where the artworks shown at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition inspired him to pursue a career as an artist. Stoll received additional artistic training for a short time at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) but was otherwise self-taught. He began showing his works in the early 1920s. In 1934, he worked for the Public Works of Art Project sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department, submitting designs for low relief plaques for San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Then Stoll made watercolor drawings of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. At the end of the decade, Stoll created six murals for the Court of the Seven Seas at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. In 1946, Stoll was commissioned to create murals for the Sailors Union of the Pacific Building in San Francisco in memory of sailors lost in World War II, as well as a statue of a helmsman for the Union’s plot in the Olivet Memorial Park Cemetery in Colma, Calif.

Stoll exhibited widely, with his works appearing in exhibitions in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in overseas exhibitions in Mexico City, Madrid, Rome and Caracas. In 1960, Stoll moved from San Francisco to Mill Valley, where he lived until he died in 1974.

(Biography provided by Robert Azensky Fine Art)
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Soquel, CA
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1986
1stDibs seller since 2014
1,573 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

The Venetian Mast
By James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Located in Storrs, CT
The Venetian Mast. 1879-80. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy catalog 195 state .vi; Glasgow catalog 219 state x/xii. 13 3/8 x 6 3/8. Glasgow records 53 impressions. A fine, atmospheric...
Category

1870s American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Drypoint, Etching

Laguna Veneta.
By Otto Henry Bacher
Located in Storrs, CT
Laguna Veneta. 1880. Etching. 5 x 7 1/4 (sheet 8 3/4 x 11 1/4). Venetian series, #22. A rich impression printed on chine collé mounted on white wove paper. Printing fold in the ri...
Category

19th Century American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Etching

The Little Wheelwright's
By James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Located in Storrs, CT
The Little Wheelwright's. 1886. Etching. Kennedy 245; Glasgow 242. 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 (sheet 5 1/8 x 6 1/8). There was no lifetime edition. Glasgow lists only 13 other known impressions. ...
Category

Mid-19th Century American Impressionist Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching

Little Church Around the Corner
By Childe Hassam
Located in Storrs, CT
The Little Church Around the Corner. 1923. Etching. Cortissoz, Clayton catalog 220 state ii. Image 8 x 11 1/2 (sheet 10 5/8 x 11 3/8). A fine impression with carefully-wiped plate to...
Category

Early 20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Etching

The Church Across the Way
By Childe Hassam
Located in Storrs, CT
The Church Across the Way. 1916. Etching. Cortissoz, Clayton 66. 8 1/4 x 4 3/8 (sheet 10 1/16 x 6 1/8). A fine impression with carefully-wiped plate tone printed on white laid paper ...
Category

1910s American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Etching

"Woman, Boy and Goats", Original Signed Etching by John E. Costigan
By John Costigan
Located in New York, NY
This original, limited edition etching, was realized by the esteemed American artist John E. Costigan, who is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Philips M...
Category

1930s American Impressionist Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching

Over Cape Cod
By Frank W. Benson
Located in New York, NY
"Over Cape Cod" is an etching created by Frank W. Benson in 1932. Benson only printed trial proofs of this plate - there is no edition. This impression is a first state of four. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Impressionist Figurative Prints

Materials

Etching

The Old House
By Arnold A. Grossman
Located in San Francisco, CA
This artwork titled "The Old House" c.1980 is an original etching by noted California artist Arnold A. Grossman, 1923-2016. It is hand signed in pencil by the artist. The artwork siz...
Category

Late 20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Prints

Materials

Etching

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery