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Vogue like a painting

From 30 June to 12 October 2015

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Peter Lindbergh
One enchanted evening, Taormina, Sicilia (detail)

Zurbarán. A New Perspective

From 9 June to 13 September 2015

Extended summer hours

Francisco de Zurbarán
Saint Serapion, 1628
Oil on canvas, 120.2 x 104 cm
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, CT.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Biography and Works

Otto Müller
Liebau, 1874-Breslau, 1930


Born in the village of Liebau in the Sudetes mountains, the German painter Otto Müller trained as a lithographer at a workshop in the town of Gölitz, in Silesia. He went to Dresden in 1894 to study at the Kunstakademie and moved to Berlin in 1908. There he was involved in the establishment of the Neue Sezession during 1910 and met some of the members of the Expressionist group Die Brücke (The Bridge), which he joined. In 1911 he travelled to various places with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, including Bohemia and the island of Fehrmarn in the Baltic Sea. The three of them exhibited in two of the group’s important shows: at the Galerie Arnold in Dresden in 1910 and at Fritz Gurlitt’s gallery in Berlin in 1912. In 1919, after being discharged from the army, he moved to Breslau, where he taught at the Kunstakademie until his death in 1930

Müller. sought harmony between man and nature. The Arcadian tone of his works is a far cry from the interests of the rest of the Die Brücke artists, who were much more concerned with the everyday world and the perception of early twentieth-century cosmopolitan life. After travelling to Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary during the 1920s, he produced many works portraying people belonging to the gypsy ethnic group, which fuelled the legend of his possible gypsy origins

His. work, which he rarely dated and of which he destroyed an indeterminate part, was notable for its use of line and pursuit of the two-dimensional quality of the canvas. His interest in achieving a matte result in his painting drove him to experiment with tempera, an aspect in which he influenced the rest of the group


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