Theodor Kleehaus (also written ‘Theodore Kleehaas’) was born on November 9, 1854 in Germersheim. A painter of genre scenes and flowers, he studied for several years in New York at the Cooper Institute. From 1879 to 1887, he trained at the Fine Art Academy in Munich under A. Strahuber, J. Benczur, and Al. v. Wagner, Kleehaus, and was awarded two medals during that time. In 1889, he debuted his work in the Crystal Palace in Munich (since destroyed). From 1893 to 1914, Kleehaus exhibited in Berlin and abroad, including at the Crystal Palace in London in 1897. He studied in Italy, France, and Belgium, where he found inspiration for his genre scenes portraying the rural population of the Rheinpfalz, the Black Forest and upper Bavarian and Tyrolean farm life. Kleehaus is perhaps best known for his lively scenes depicting the world of children, famous for works such as On to the Dance, The Love of Brothers and Sisters, Orphans and Girl in the Garden.