c1911 Lost Playmate Print Dead Child Dog Roses Cradle.
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.
Some information about the artist:
Gustave Henry Mosler (June 16, 1875 – August 17, 1906), was a United States painter. He was a pupil of his father, Henry Mosler, and of Léon Bonnat, exhibited at the Salon in Paris, receiving a medal for his "De Profundis" in 1891; his portrait of Governor J. W. Stewart is in the State House, Montpelier, Vermont, and his "Empty Cradle" is in the Toledo Art Club. He died in Margaretville, New York.
The print was published in 1911 in an old magazine, and often framed up, and is housed in its original painted wood frame. The print and frame are in good condition. The print has a nice patina (not quite as dark as shown), and a small tear top middle by the pillow (about a half inch), and a few wrinkles that lay flat in the print (pillow, dog shoulder, and far right by cradle). The old paper backing is intact. The glass could probably use a cleaning, but since the back is intact, we'll leave that up to the new owner. Please excuse the glass glare in the photos. Please see the second photo, which is a reproduction print only to illustrate closeup details. Overall size is 11 x 15 inches, ready to hang. This is a scarce print, very difficult to acquire.
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