"(Germ.) weimar. vesper im kindergarten. Lunch time in school. 52 x 30. This one picture is sufficient to establish any artist's fame. Whether examined as to grouping, drawing, coloring, incident or life-likeness, it is a most admirable performance. The restraints of rule are relaxed for lunch time, and, forthwith the sixty-odd toddlers of the establishment are seen in every attitude of preparation for an attack on their frugal fare. The faces in the composition have evidently been a labor of love with the painter. How varied, how natural, how like the blythe faces of children who are not cowed by that patient, sedate looking mistress peeling the apple into the expectant palm of the 'good boy' near her. What a contrast he is to the two urchins in the right background engaged in mutually complimentary grimace and gesticulation. Then, the episode so plainly told by the rugged servant maid, the pail and the whimpering 'dot' in the middle of the room. Who ever saw a more likely set of clothes on any school children. They look as if they had good hard wear, and plenty of it. Then, how admirably the light is managed. Look into the back room and see how softened and mellowed it is by that window blind. The artist even takes care to hint in his dilapidated wall-paper that the mistress ekes out but a scanty living by her trying work. Now count the heads, and ask yourself whether the same number of figures were ever more naturally or artistically grouped in any picture. This is the work of a strong, conscientious artist, the subject and execution of which will prevent it from ever going out of date."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.
Artist nationality: German.
Artist address: Weimar.
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking
Architecture interior--Education--Elementary School