The Lost Playmate Print by Mosler Antique
This endearing lithograph print is entitled "The Lost Playmate", and the artist is Gustave Mosler (signed lower right corner). It is a precious study of a black Labrador dog whose head is bowed, mourning the loss of his cherished playmate. He sits patiently by his companion's cradle, the bed and floor strewn with roses he has brought to the scene. It is a print that most definitely tugs at the heart strings, and is one of Mosler's most famous paintings, and is highly sought after. The title "The Lost Playmate" refers not only to the child, but also that the dog is "lost" without their companion.
Gustave Henry Mosler (b. June 16, 1875 - died August 17, 1906) was a United States painter. He was a pupil of his father, Henry Mosler, and of Leon Bonnat, exhibited at the Salon in Paris, receiving a medial for his Des Profundis in 1891. His portrait of Governor J. W. Stewart is in the State House, Montpelier, VT, and his Empty Cradle is in the Toledo Art Club. He died in Margaretville, New York.
This print was first published in 1902 and is housed in a carved wood frame. The print has a very nice patina, and has a softly textured faux suede mat. The frame is original to the piece, and is in good condition with some wear and rubs, as is customary for a vintage frame. Please excuse any whitish glass glare reflections. This piece so much nicer in richer in person. Overall size is 12 x 15 inches, ready to hang. This is a scarce print, very hard to acquire, and a beautiful example of American artwork.
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