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Otto Mueller

Liebau, Slesia 1874 - 1930 Obernigk n. Breslau

Otto Mueller joined the artist group 'Die Brücke' in 1910, but he also exhibited with the artists from the group 'Der Blaue Reiter'. As for experiencing uncorrupted nature, Mueller found his main theme in outdoor female nude studies. His typical motifs were pale, melancholy looking nude girls in an open, tranquil landscape. He developed a new style of painting in two-dimensional simplicity, using subdued, earthy colours. Instead of depicting passion, he projected a large, harmonious simplification of form, colour and contours, which clearly distinguished him from the other Expressionists. Mueller's view of an arcadian world influenced his timeless-suggestive works. After World War I, he was appointed a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Breslau in 1919, where he lectured until his death in 1930.

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