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Olaf Manfred Moller
(Copenhagen, Denmark, 1901 - 1987, Boise, Idaho)
Olaf Moller is known for landscape, mural and portrait painting. His career spanned much of the 20th century, and he was known as an artist who brought the canvas to broth Wyoming’s Grand Tetons and Idaho’s Hagerman Valley. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but moved with his family to the United States whilst still an infant. His family traveled through the West until settling in Rupert, Idaho. His uncle in Boise, Idaho, fueled his interest in art from an early age. HE would use scraps of paper and broken pastels from his uncle’s supplies and used those to sketch his first landscape.
His formal education came through his study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1921 to 1929. During the summer of those years he would attend school at Chester Springs, studying under the painter N.C. Wyeth. He supported himself through school with various jobs, including a stagehand, chauffer and a manager of a tea room.
Moller conducted yearly trips to the West, many of which included Jackson Hole, Wyoming, one of his favorite destinations. He opened the first gallery in Jackson Hole, and maintained a studio as well as the gallery there for many years. . He won numerous awards and was selected to show is painting for the 1940 New York World’s Fair. He designed murals for the Carnegie Public Library in Boise, Idaho and many of his paintings of the West in the State of the Union Collection at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
He passed away in a nursing home in Idaho at the age of 84.