Cat with Ball of Wool, Richard Müller
Richard Müller
Cat with Ball of Wool
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Richard Müller

Cat with Ball of Wool, 1922


Dimensions
28.0 x 60.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2484
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

This depiction of a playing cat is characterised by the use of precise brushwork and the deployment of intensive, glowing colours. The artist meticulously conveys the fabrics’ different textures, depicting the haptic quality of carpet, wool and fur in a detailed manner. The cat is vividly set off against the flat colour patterns of the floor covering. From 1900 to 1935, Richard Müller taught at the art academy in Dresden, where George Grosz was among his students. To this day the artist remains controversial because of his stance during National Socialist rule: in 1933, as a member of the NSDAP, he was involved in the organisation of the first exhibition, in Dresden, of what the Nazis deemed ‘degenerate art’. In 1944 his name was added to the ‘Gottbegnadeten-Liste’ (‘God-gifted list’), which registered artists favoured by the regime.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Cat with Ball of Wool
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben in der Mitte: 1922 RM

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 34B12 cat
  • 47H14 wool (material ~ textile industry)

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15.05.2019