by Louis Moeller (1855–1930)
Oil on canvas
18⅛ x 15⅛ inches
Signed lower right: Louis Moeller.


The artist

Thomas B. Clarke, New York, New York, acquired from above, 1887

Sale, The American Art Association, New York, New York, February 14, 1899, lot 47, from above

Jay C. Holmes

John D. Rockefeller, 1899

Rockefeller-Nash Estate, Cleveland, Ohio, ca. 1966–67

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, December 3, 1987, lot 98

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Kosann

Sale, Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, Windsor, Connecticut, October 30, 2021, lot 475

Private collection, New York, New York


National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 62nd Annual Exhibition, 1887, no. 338

World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1893, no. 738


National Academy Notes and Complete Catalogue. Sixty-Second Spring Exhibition. National Academy of Design (New York: Caddell & Co., 1887), 24, 41.

The Art of the World: Illustrated in the Paintings, Statuary, and Architecture of the World’s Columbian Exposition (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1893), 26–27.

Related Work

A Discussion, ca. 1890–95, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 3/16 inches, signed lower right; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Note: Both Mr. Thomas B. Clarke and Mr. John D. Rockefeller’s collections were particularly renowned. Clarke’s collection was exhibited at the American Art Association and Rockefeller’s was known for being comprised of masterworks of American art. The painting’s selection for inclusion in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition is also notable in that the fair was intended to showcase the high standards of American art.

Artist Biography

Louis Moeller is remembered for his genre paintings featuring older gentlemen engaged in various daily activities. His paintings are typically smaller in scale and feature animated figures depicted in sophisticated interior settings. Moeller was the son of a decorative painter. After studying with his father, he continued his education in New York at the National Academy of Design and, later, in Munich. He collaborated with a group of artists interested in 17th century Dutch Masters. Moeller won the National Academy’s prestigious Hallgarten Prize in 1884 and, later, became a National Academician. The artist opened a studio in New York where

Read More

Contact Us About This Painting

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Related Subjects

      Go To Top