For the traditional interior, a very fine, beautifully painted contemporary oil on canvas still life of fruit in a basket on a marble table top, 18" by 24" (22" by 28" framed), signed at lower right and again on the reverse (where it is dated 1998) by the highly trained and technically masterful Russian-born artist VICTOR NIZOVTSEV (1965-). The painting is everything one would want in a still life painted in the Old Master style dating back to 17th century Holland. Note the addition of the wonderful tiny ladybug at left center. Clearly the artist has a firm grasp on that subject matter and technique. He was born during the Cold War years in the city of Ulan-Ude in central Siberia, near Lake Baykal. While still young, his family migrated to Moldova, in eastern Europe near the Black Sea and Ukraine and Romania. While there he received art instruction at the Kotovsk Art School for Children, and more training in the capital, Chisinau. From there, Nizovtsev went to St. Petersburg to study at the Vera Muhina University for Industrial Arts. In 1997, a year before the present work was painted, he moved to the Washington DC area, and in 2004 moved again to Maryland, where he remains. Nizovtsev according to AskArt painted "theatrical figures, bedtime fables, landscape and still life". His technical skills are a marvel; especially visible in some of the "fables", dream-like subject matter. Look online at some of his amazingly complex, detailed, colorful paintings. This work still bears the oval gold label from Troika Gallery, of Easton, Maryland (eastern shore), from whence it came. The original price of $1900 is written on the stretcher and repeated on a label. (Some galleries online ask up to $18,500 for one of his works). Condition is excellent. I am not able to explain what looks at first to be abrasions in the basket and at upper left part of the fruit (the purple grapes); upon closer examination they do not appear to be actual abrasions; maybe just old wax that has solidified into this streaky material? In any even it is well hidden in the imagery and doesn't detract meaningfully from the overall presentation of this fine work.