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Fritz Muller (1913-1972) - Signed Mid 20th Century Oil, Gentleman Smoking a Pipe



A very fine portrait of a German gentleman smoking a pipe by the artist Fritz Muller (1913-1972). He is depicted wearing a brightly coloured red jacket and green hat, with a ruddy complexion. Known for his depictions of workmen from his hometown of the Tyrolean Alps in Germany, always shown with cheerful dispositions and dressed in traditional clothing.

This particular portrait is wonderfully detailed with exquisite colour and a lifelike realism. Well presented in an ornate swept frame. Inscribed on the reverse.

Signed. On board.


Overall the condition is very good. With some surface dirt and minor marks to the frame. Inspection under UV light shows no sign of restoration.


22.5 x 16.5cm (8.9" x 6.5")
Framed Size: 37 x 31cm (14.6" x 12.2")

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Artist Biography

Fritz Müller (1913-1972) was born in the Tyrolean Alps of Germany. He studied in Munich and Vienna, before finding work as a beer barrel engineer. Müller painted as a hobby, and would render portraits of his fellow workers and their wives. He painted with exceptional realism and detail, and demand for his paintings enabled him to become full time artist. Müller was best known for his miniature portraits of his native Tyroleans, drinking beer or wine, or smoking elaborate pipes. He also produced a number of paintings of musicians, and soon his work caught the eye of collectors beyond the Bavarian borders. A number of his original oils now hang in the Roger Yost Gallery, alongside the work of Austrian Otto Eichinger (1922-2004), another portrait painter renowned for realistic attention to detail.

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Code kn879
Artist Fritz Muller (1913-1972)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 22.5 x 16.5cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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