Otto Müller (or Mueller) was a German printmaker and painter, associated with the Die Brücke group. His style is generally recognized as German Expressionist. Müller studied in both Dresden and Munich’s fine art academies; as a student, Müller was influenced by the Impressionists and Symbolists. After moving to Berlin in 1908, the artist’s style changed to reflect his expressionistic contemporaries.
Zwei Madchen. 1920. Lithograph
Stehendes Liebespaar (klein). 1919. Color Lithograph
While Müller was not a founding member of Die Brücke, he joined later on, alongside Emil Nolde, and Max Pechstein. The group was interested in primitive art that evoked a high level of emotion. While many German Expressionists are remembered for their woodcut prints, Müller specialized in lithographs. Out of his total oeuvre of 172 prints, the majority were lithographs, followed by woodcuts and etchings.
Two girls with handheld mirror. 1919. Lithograph
Paar am Tisch. 1922/25. Lithograph
Mother and Child. 1920. Lithograph
Most of Müller’s prints depicted nude women and Romani (commonly referred to as gypsies). In 1927, one of his most remembered print series “Gypsy Portfolio” was published. The series consisted of nine multi-color lithographs. Müller’s paintings and prints are now in major museum collections around the world. He is remembered as one of the greatest German Expressionist printmakers.