Rolf Stoll: Photographs of Portraits by the Artist

Celebrated for his portraits, Rolf Stoll painted the likenesses of many distinguished Clevelanders.  This collection contains photographs of nearly 100 of Stoll's portraits.  

Summary Information

Repository: Cleveland Museum of Art Archives
Creator: Stoll, Rolf, 1892-1978
Title: Rolf Stoll Photograph Collection of Portraits.
ID: 1111.141
Date: circa 1923 - circa 1974
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet [1 century box and one oversize folder]
Location note: The oversized folder is filed with the oversized portraits of the photograph collection.
Language: English

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Biographical/Historical note

Rolf Stoll was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1892. He studied at the art academies of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Munich before coming to the United States in 1912. Stoll came to Cleveland in 1923 and taught at the John Huntington Polytechnic Institute and the Cleveland School of Art, now the Cleveland Institute of Art. His artworks included landscapes, murals, and watercolors, but he was prominently a portrait painter. Celebrated for his portraits, he painted many distinguished Clevelanders and taught portrait painting at the scool of art. Between 1925 and 1954, Stoll had 126 artworks accepted to the Cleveland Museum of Art's May Show and won numerous awards. After retiring in in 1957, he and his wife Maria moved to Florida. He passed away in 1978.

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Scope and Contents note

One century box and one oversized folder of photographs of portraits painted by Rolf Stoll. Arranged by age and gender of sitter: adult male, adult female, male child, female child, group and non-portrait paintings. Thereafter arranged by name of sitter with unidentified and unannotated portraits at the end of each section. The collection also contains two polaroids of Rolf Stoll and his wife Maria.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44106
[email protected]

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to the public. For more information or to access this collection contact archives staff at [email protected].

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Rolf Stoll [Maria Stoll]

Processing Information note

Processed by Peter Buettner, March 2018.

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Collection Inventory

Century Box circa 1920 - circa 1975 


Oversized Folder circa 1920 - circa 1955