Bogdani was born in Hungary. By 1684, he had moved to Amsterdam where he painted and shared a residence with the noted still life painter Ernst Stuven. By 1688 Bogdani had re-located to London where he lived for the rest of his life. He was taken up by the English Court and aristocracy, and soon became a much sought-after painter of still lifes and birds. One of his early commissions was a set of flower paintings for Queen Mary. Bogdani also supplied King William with paintings for his palace in Dieren, Holland. Admiral George Churchhill, the Duke of Marlborough’s brother, was one of his main patrons and following the admiral’s death, his paintings were acquired by Queen Anne for the Royal Collection. He also has work in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the National Gallery of Hungary, Budapest, and the Yale Centre for British Art in Newhaven, Connecticut.
“Still Life with Fruit and Flowers” is a good example of this successful artist’s work, and is similar to works in the Queen’s Royal Collection.