Oil on Board
12 x 9 inches
Signed Upper Right
Inscribed upper left “Dear Sarah” (Sarah was Henry Mosler’s wife)
Henry Mosler was born in Troplowitz ,Silesia, and was brought to the United States at the age of eight. He was the son of Jewish immigrants. His family moved to Cincinnati in 1851. His first success came in 1861-63 as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, when traveling with the Army of the West. He then studied in Dusseldorf and Paris, returning to Cincinnati in 1866 as a successful portraitist. In 1874, he moved to Munich, and in 1877 established a studio in Paris. There he earned an international reputation for his genre scenes of peasant life in Brittany and Normandy. His narrative painting, "The Return," shown at the Salon of 1879, was the first picture by an American purchased by the French government. Mosler moved back to New York city in 1894.
James H. Beard in Cincinnati, 1859-61; in Dusseldorf with H. Mucke & A. Kindler, 1863-65; in Paris with E. Hebert; von Wagner and von Piloty, in Munich, 1874
Associated Artists of Cincinnati; NAC; SC; Artists Fund Soc.; Chevalier Legion of Honor, 1892; Officer d’Academie, 1892
NAD, 1868-1900; Roayl Academy, Munich, 1874 (medal); Paris Salon, 1878-85; PAFA Ann.; Broolyn AA; Industrial Expo.; Paris Expo, 1889; AIC; Atlanta Expo, 1895; AC Phila., 1897 (gold); Charleston Expo, 1901 (gold); AAS, 1907; Cincinnati Art Galleries, 1990 (retrospective)