Joseph Morviller was regarded in his day as one of the best painters of snow in the United States. Scenes depicting a peaceful, frosty New England landscape dominated his oeuvre for the sixteen or so years he worked in this country. Morviller gained national attention when his paintings were published as chromolithographs by Louis Prang and Company of Boston, Massachusetts.
A native of the south of France, Morviller worked worked as a fresco painter in France and England before coming to the United States. He settled in Boston in 1852, and lived there and, it is believed, in neighboring Malden, Massachusetts. He frequently exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum between 1855 and 1864, and regularly showed his work at DeVries Art Gallery, the Allston Club, and Balch's Gallery, all in Boston. He also exhibited at the National Academy of Design, New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Northwestern Sanitary Fair that was held in Chicago in 1865.