Wladimir Konstanivoch Petroff (1880-1935) is a Russian artist who studied at the Tiflis Art College, Caucasus. War interrupted his study. He fought as a Tsarist against Germany and later in the White Army against the Bolsheviks. In 1920 after the White Army defeat in the Russia, Petroff immigrated to Turkey. He was initially interned in an English refugee Camp in Tuzla (now Bosnia Herzegovina, then settled in Constantinople (Istanbul) where he established himself as a known architectural and decorative painter. He is best known of his oriental motifs.This is an original oil on canvas is dated 1927. The painting is showing eastern temple interior. On the picture you can see the pillars and vaults on which you can recognize that is eastern mosque. Painting arranged vertically. Light and warm colours predominate (creams and browns), which contrasts strongly with the cold colour of the walls (dark blue).
Signed lower right "W. Petroff 1927" by black paint. Painting is in a good condition but the wooden, carved, gilded frame quite badly damaged.
This painting was donated to FARA Earlsfield.