Just Moved, 1870
Henry Mosler (American, 1841–1920)
Oil on canvas; 29 x 36 1/2 in. (73.7 x 92.7 cm)
Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1962 (62.80)
Mosler's canvas represents home as a haven in which the perfect American family still presides, even in humble surroundings and amidst the jumble of unpacking after a move. The tender, nurturing mother and the "breadwinner" father providing sustenance signify the pillars of a family that is stable and happy despite its modest means. At a time when American cities were being challenged by increasing immigration, crime, and poverty, Mosler reassured art viewers of the power of the family unit and the potential for a more diverse national character once the Union was solidified. Just Moved displays the rich palette, high degree of finish, and lucid narrative that characterize painting in the Düsseldorf academy, where Mosler had studied from 1863 to 1866.