FRANZ VON STUCK (German / 1863-1928)

The Symbolist painter and printmaker Franz von Stuck was born in Tettenweis in Bavaria, the son of a miller. He studied at the Kunstgewerbe Schule (School of Decorative Arts) from 1878-1881, and then at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich from 1882-1884. He was subsequently a professor at the Academy, numbering Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Josef Albers among his pupils. Franz von Stuck was one of the founders of the Munich Secession in 1892, and was a major figure in the development of Jugendstyl (German Art Nouveau). Von Stuck is now regarded as the most important figure of the Munich Secession. In his day he was immensely influential and highly regarded; for instance Egon Schiele practically worshipped him. His art is powerfully infused with that heady fin-de-siècle mix of decadence, sin, eroticism, and existential conflict. Having been overlooked for decades, the art of Franz von Stuck - inspired in its mythological themes by that of Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger - was rediscovered at a retrospective exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, in 1995. A second important exhibition, Franz von Stuck: A modern Lucifer, was held at the Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto in 2006-7. His home, the Villa Stuck in Prinzregentstrasse, which in true Jugenstyl manner Stuck designed himself, from the architecture right down to the furniture and the interior decor, is now a museum. The furniture won von Stuck a gold medal at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.

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Selected prints by FRANZ VON STUCK

Kampfende Faune, 1889

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