BORN: 1881 in New Holstein, WI
DIED: 1931 in Milwaukee, WI
Gustave Moeller was an American-born artist who was most well known for painting, especially painting American towns and villages. Moeller was born in New Holstein, Wisconsin, but moved to Milwaukee at a young age from New Holstein.
As a teen, Moeller attended the Milwaukee Art Students’ League with young artists including Edward Steichen, founder and student of the League along with Herman Pfeifer and Arthur Becher. Teachers included Alexander Mueller and Richard Lorenz, and meetings were held in the basement of a building on Milwaukee Street.
Moeller later found work as a commercial artist in an engraving firm, and for two years took classes at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1909 he left Milwaukee for New York where he worked as an illustrator and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. During the summer he painted on Staten Island and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter he left for Munich, Germany where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where his teacher was Carl von Marr.
In 1912, he returned to Milwaukee and first worked as a designer and commercial artist and then became a much respected teacher at Alexander Mueller's School of Fine and Applied Arts, which had been absorbed into the State Normal School. Moeller spent the remainder of his life teaching there, becoming chairman of the Art Department in 1923...