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23th of February, 1863 was Franz von Stuck’s Birthday

Franz Stuck, born on the 23th of February, 1863, was an illustrious German artist with a rich portfolio encompassing painting, sculpture, engraving, and architecture. Known for his profound influence on the Munich art scene, he was eventually titled Franz Ritter von Stuck after receiving the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown in 1906.

Beginning his artistic journey in Tettenweis, near Passau, young Stuck showcased an innate talent for drawing. By 1878, he relocated to Munich, which became his lifelong home. His formal education spanned from 1881 to 1885 at the Munich Academy. His initial fame emerged from his caricatures for Fliegende Blätter, but it was his paintings, particularly “The Guardian of Paradise” exhibited in 1889 at the Munich Glass Palace, that solidified his reputation.

1892 saw him as a co-founder of the Munich Secession, which was soon followed by his critically acclaimed painting “The Sin” in 1893. By this time, his stature was further bolstered with a royal professorship and a teaching role at the Munich Academy. His personal life saw a significant turn in 1897, when he married Mary Lindpainter, an American widow. Around the same time, Stuck began conceptualizing his residence, the Villa Stuck, a masterpiece in design which showcased his meticulous attention to detail.

Throughout his life, Stuck received numerous honors and accolades. Not just a celebrated artist, he was also a revered teacher, mentoring several iconic names like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers. Mythology was a recurring theme in his artworks, with his Symbolist female nudes being especially popular. An instance of his prowess, the “Kämpfende Amazone,” found its place in Hermann Göring’s Carinhall.

Despite his initial fame, post World War I saw a decline in Stuck’s popularity, making him almost obscure. However, the late 1960s witnessed a resurgence in Art Nouveau, thrusting Stuck back into the limelight. In 1968, his residence, the Villa Stuck, was transformed into a museum, commemorating his monumental contributions to the art world.

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