Franz Von Stuck

Franz Von Stuck, “Narcissus”, 1926, Oil on Canvas, 64.3 x 59.8 cm, Private Collection

Franz Von Stuck was am influential German Symbolist  and Art Nouveau painter, sculptor, engraver, and architect born at Tettenweis near Griesbach in Lower Bavaria, Germany. He was noted for his treatment of erotic and comic aspects of mythological themes.

As a child Von Stuck quickly became a gifted caricaturist. From 1878 to 1881 he attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich, where he received particular encouragement from German Sculptor and painter Ferdinand Barth.

Von Stuck attended the Munich School for the Applied Arts after secondary school, transferring in 1881 to the “Königliche Akademie der bildenden Künste” (Royal Academy for the Fine Arts). The drawings he did for the portfolio ‘Allegorien und Embleme’ (‘Allegories and Emblems’), published by Gerlach and Schenk in Vienna, made his reputation as an outstanding draughtsman as early as 1882.

The many other prizes and honours awarded to Franz Von Stuck included the Ritterkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bayerischen Krone (Cross of Knighthood in the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown), a distinction coupled with elevation to knighthood. In the last phase of his work, Von Stuck concentrated primarily on sculpture.

The recipient of so many distinctions and an honorary member of numerous European academies, Franz Von Stuck died in Munich of 1928. He was buried at the Waldfriedhof in Munich and his wife Mary rests beside him. His villa at the Prinzregentenstrasse in Munich is now a art museum.

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