biography of Louis C. MOELLER (1855-1930)

Birth place: NYC

Addresses: Weehawken, NJ

Profession: Painter

Studied: with his father, Charles; Cooper Union; NAD with Wilmarth; Royal Acad., Diez & Duveneck in Munich, 1873-82.

Exhibited: AIC, 1888-89, 1894-95; NAD, 1883-1898 (prize, 1884, for "Puzzled," which was bought by collector Thomas B. Clarke), 1908; PAFA Ann., 1895

Member: ANA, 1884; NA, 1894.

Work: CGA; MMA; Newark Mus.; Allen AM, Oberlin College.

Comments: During the last two decades of the 19th century, Moeller was one of the most popular of genre painters. He was known for his ability to paint expressive characters who figured in his two most popular themes: the fortune teller with a young lady, and old gents playing cards or reading. He also produced a few still lifes.

Sources: WW29; William H. Gerdts, Louis Moeller, N.A. (1835-1930): A Victorian Man's World (exh. cat., New York: Grand Central Art Gals., 1984); For Beauty and for Truth, 79 (w/repro.); Baigell, Dictionary; Falk, Exh. Record Series.