Just Moved

Artist: Henry Mosler (1841–1920)

Date: 1870

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 29 x 36 1/2 in. (73.7 x 92.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.80


Mosler received his early training in Cincinnati and then studied in Paris and Düsseldorf. Painted in New York after Mosler completed his studies in Europe, Just Moved demonstrates the rich glowing palette and the unifying interaction of light and shadow that characterize Düsseldorf genre painting. Typically, as here, Mosler grasps the dramatic element of an otherwise everyday situation. It appears as if a rural family, their belongings still packed, has just moved to an urban apartment, perhaps drawn by the promise of a more prosperous future in the burgeoning city.