Born in the Netherlands on March 10, 1797. Moerenhout was educated in France and at 15 enlisted in the corps of engineers in Napoleon's army. After his military stint he studied art in Paris but elected to run a business firm in Antwerp while painting in his leisure. While following world commerce, his travels took him to South America and the South Seas. After marrying a Chilean girl, he established a home in Tahiti where he lived for 25 years. In 1846 he was appointed by the French government as consul at Monterey, CA. He continued in this capacity until 1859 when the consulate was moved to Los Angeles where he remained until his death on July 11, 1879. Although Moerenhout painted all his life, his works are rare. Exh: SFAA, 1873
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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