Franz von Stuck (German, 1863-1928), Portrait of Frau Feez, 1900.

About Franz von Stuck

Franz von Stuck was a German Symbolist / Art Nouveau painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect who began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for the weekly satirical magazine Fliegende Blätter. At the age of 26, he had his first public success with a picture that won a medal at the exhibition at the Glaspalast in Munich. Thereafter, he became very successful, attaining fame and fortune early.

In 1890, he won a gold medal at the Exposition universelle in Paris, and in 1893, co-founded the Munich Secession. In 1895 he was a granted a professorship at the Academy in Munich where he was well-respected among younger artists, most notably Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hans Purrmann and Josef Albers.

Stuck’s subject matter was primarily from mythology, inspired by the work of Arnold Böcklin. The ubiquity of large forms reflect his proclivities for sculpture, while the presence of seductive/sensual female nudes exemplify popular Symbolist content of the day. Stuck paid much attention to the frames for his paintings and generally designed them himself with such careful use of panels, gilt carving and inscriptions that the frames must be considered as an integral part of the overall piece.