Oil on canvas board, in shaped frame approx. 20" x 17" and bearing presentation inscription: "To my kind host and hostess Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rosenthal I bestow this little souvenir, a token of my appreciation of their hospitality. M Molarsky, July 1924."
Russian born, Maurice Molarsky was a figure, portrait, and still-life painter in classical style. He also did an occasional marine scene.
Molarsky settled in Philadelphia where he was a student at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art. He also studied in France and England and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Molarsky was a fellow of the Pennsylvania Academy and a member of the Allied Artists of America.
Exhibition venues included the Pennsylvania Academy, Corcoran Gallery Biennials, Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art