Born in Goettingen, Germany on Sept. 29, 1889. Stoll showed artistic inclinations at an early age, and had some art training at Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Most of his early life was spent as a sailor and, with an artist's eye, he acquainted himself with most all sailing vessels. He lived in South America for a few years before settling in San Francisco in 1915. The PPIE of that year awakened his yearnings to become an artist. Other than a brief period at the CSFA, he was a self-taught artist. In the early 1920s he began exhibiting in the San Francisco Bay area. He contributed six murals to the Court of Seven Seas on Treasure Island for the GGIE, 1939. Stoll was a resident of San Francisco until 1960 and then moved across the
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Art of Treasure Island; American Art Annual
1913; Who's Who in American Art
1936-62; Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); SF Chronicle, 4-10-1974 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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