Otto Mueller

Date/place of birth

1874 Liebau/Silesia

Day/place of death

1930 Breslau

Otto Mueller - Sitzendes Mädchen am Wasser
Otto Mueller - Sitzendes Mädchen am Wasser

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Otto Mueller biography

Otto Mueller is seen as one of the best-known representatives of German Expressionism. In 1894, after training as a lithographer in Görlitz and Wrocław (then: Breslau), he began two years of study at the Dresden Academy of Art. At that time, his art was influenced by Jugendstil as well as Symbolism. After being turned away by Franz von Stuck, Mueller lived in Dresden until 1908; there he met Maschka Meyerhöfer, who served as his ever-present model and later also became his wife. In terms of the development of his work as an artist, the friendships linking him to Paula Modersohn-Becker and Wilhelm Lehmbruck were significant. In 1908 Mueller moved to Berlin, where he became a member of the artists’ group “Brücke” in 1910. A particularly close friendship bound him to Heckel, but also to Kirchner. Journeys together to Bohemia and to the Baltic Sea followed. In 1919, after serving in the war, Mueller accepted a professorship at the Academy in Wrocław, where he continued to teach until his death. In 1922 he married his second wife, Elsbeth Lübke. Until 1930 he repeatedly travelled through the Balkans, initiating the phase in his work featuring gypsy motifs. The “Zigeuner-Mappe” (Gypsy Portfolio), one of his most important lithographic works, was created in 1927; ten years later, the Nazis confiscated over 350 of his works from German museums.

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Otto Mueller Prices

Otto MuellerSitzendes Mädchen am Wasser€109.120
Otto MuellerZwei Akte im Wald (Zwei nackte Mädchen in einer Schneise)€88.060
Otto MuellerStehende Zigeunerin mit einem Kind auf dem Arm€52.360
Otto MuellerStehendes Mädchen an steinigem Ufer (Girl Standing on Rocky Shore)€50.820
Otto MuellerZigeunermadonna: Zigeunerin mit Kind vorm Wagenrad (Gipsy Madonna: Gipsy Woman with Child in front of Cart Wheel)€48.800
Otto MuellerFünf gelbe Akte am Wasser (Fünf Mädchen am Strand. Nordsee; Badende Mädchen)€44.640

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