Josef Lauer (1818 - 1881) is an Austrian master of still lifes of the nineteenth century. Lauer was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, studied with Sebastian Wegmaer, Joseph Massmer, Thomas Enderand and Franz Steinfeld. From an early age, Lauer participated in exhibitions of the Academy of St. Anne, and then, in the 1860s - exhibited his work in the Vienna Union of Artists. Since 1861, Lauer Josef has been a member of this union. Lauer was the first to integrate still life elements into the landscape. Until then, flowers were always painted on a neutral background or wall. Usually he structured his works so that they consisted of only a few separate elements and did not dazzle the viewer's eyes with a riot of colors and shapes. In addition, it is noteworthy that Joseph Lauer often included birds or insects in his works.