Sculptor's Studio

Louis Moeller American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764

The many late nineteenth-century representations of studios reflected an increase in artists’ self-esteem and in patrons’ curiosity about their lives. American sculptors of the period collected prints, photographs, statuettes, and plaster casts for reference in making their own works. The unidentified sculptor whose studio Moeller portrayed here had gathered, among other objects, casts after the Assyrian relief of a dying lioness from Ashurbanipal’s palace (on the back wall) and a section of the north frieze of the Parthenon (above the door). His equipment, including wooden sawhorses and the crude tabletop they would have supported, is piled against the walls.

Sculptor's Studio, Louis Moeller (1855–1930), Oil on canvas, American

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