Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Red hair in art: Franz Stuck

Franz von Stuck (1863 – 1928) was a German painter, sculptor, printmaker, and architect. Stuck was best known for his paintings of ancient mythology, receiving substantial critical acclaim with The Sin in 1892. In 1906, Stuck was awarded the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown and was henceforth known as Franz Ritter von Stuck.

Stuck's subject matter was primarily from mythology. His seductive female nudes are a prime example of popular Symbolist content. Stuck paid much attention to the frames for his paintings and generally designed them himself with such careful use of panels, gilt carving and inscriptions that the frames must be considered as an integral part of the overall piece.

By the time of his death, Stuck's importance as an artist in his own right had almost been forgotten: his art seemed old-fashioned and irrelevant to a generation that had endured World War I. Stuck's reputation languished until the late 1960s when a renewed interest in Art Nouveau brought him to attention once more. In 1968 the Villa Stuck was opened to the public; it is now a museum.

In Robert Waite's 1977 book The Psychopathic God: Adolph Hitler and numerous other sources it is noted that Franz Stuck was Hitler's favorite painter from childhood on.


Der alte faun (The Old Faun)


Adam and Eve

Meerweibchen (Mermaid)

Quellnymphe (Nymph of the Spring)


The Struggle for Woman

The Three Goddesses: Athena, Hera and Aphrodite


Es war einmail (Once Upon a Time)



Spring Love

Der Spaziergang (The Stroll)


Jugend (Childhood)


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