Botanical print: gouache over lithograph. Seven dark red to black cherries with four and a half green leaves on a branch.
Joseph Prestele was a German immigrant who immigrated to America as a part of the Inspirationists, who believed that the dominant Lutheran Church had become too distant and formal. Prestele studied flower painting in Vienna and was the artist for the Royal Botanical Garden of Munich. Joseph was a very talented artist and lithographer, but he never would have acknowledged it because any talent they had belonged to God.