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 Rudolf Carl Mueller  (1867 - 1967)

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Lived/Active: New York / Poland/Germany      Known for: floral, landscape, decorative murals

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Baroque-style Still Life
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography, submitted November 2004, is from Linda Fritz Bell, granddaughter of the artist.

Rudolf Carl Mueller was born in 1867 in Thorn, a section of Germany that is now Poland. At the age of 15, he was apprenticed to a decorative painter for three years, then studied art in Bonn, Berlin and Paris before immigrating to the United States in 1892.

After his arrival in New York City, he created decorative paintings and murals for private homes and public buildings in the New York area and as far west as Chicago and San Francisco. For many years Mueller's work could be viewed at two New York
City landmarks: Schrafft's Restaurant, where he painted the decorative ceiling, and the Plaza Hotel where he painted the floral murals over the doorways.

Mueller married Angela Regina Chotilde Rinkler, an accomplished painter and
sculptor, in Berlin in 1900. He returned to New York with his wife, and they settled in Pelham in 1903. There he established his studio and painted flowers and landscapes, and later portraits.

Scenes of the Pelham area were a favorite subject of his paintings, but he also painted many landscapes and seascapes during his travels to New England, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, the Southwest and Europe. Mueller made several trips
back to Europe during his lifetime to paint and study in Germany, France and Italy. It was during these trips that he painted authorized copies of paintings by many of the old masters that he so greatly admired.

Throughout his long life Mueller painted in several distinctive styles,ranging from formal European-style florals that strongly reflected his classical art training, to later more Impressionistic paintings with looser brush strokes and often brighter palettes.

He continued to paint right up until his death, shortly after his 100th birthday in 1967.

National Academy of Design

Two WPA murals for Croton School
Two WPA murals for William Wilson School in Mt. Vernon, NY
Flower mural for the Plaza Hotel
Decorative ceiling for Schrafft's restaurant

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1919, 1920
The National Arts Club 1939
Westchester Arts and Crafts Guild 1940
Alma Reed Galleries, New York 1941, 1942
Manor Club, Pelham, New York 1949, 1963

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