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Lager Beer Saloon

1851
19th Century
20 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (52.7 x 62.9 cm)

Christian Schussele, American, (1824-1826–1879)

Object Type: PAINTINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 78-P-209
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Although Schuessele’s style is academic, this ribald tavern scene with its predominantly brown palette is modeled on 17th-century Dutch genre scenes of common folk and everyday merry-making. Gas lights, with clearly visible delivery pipes, illuminate the room. The Franklin Institute awarded this painting the First Premium prize.
Schuessele was born in the Alsace region and studied lithography in Paris before settling in Philadelphia around 1848. He became Professor of Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1868. Schuessele established the Ladies Life Class in 1869, the first course to allow female students to study from the live model.
Current Location: Art Museum : 19 C Gallery

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