Franz von Stuck at the Frye Art Museum
Franz von Stuck was Adolf Hitler’s favorite artist. Although von Stuck painted “Die wilde Jagd” (The Wild Chase) the year Hitler was born in 1889, many see a resemblance between the painting’s subject Wotan and Hitler (the hair, mustache, face). Hitler was also fond of von Stuck’s most famous painting, “Die Sünde” (Sin), ca. 1908. Both are on view in the first monographic exhibition in the US dedicated to the accomplishments of Franz von Stuck, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, November 2, 2013-February 2, 2014.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of von Stuck’s birth, the exhibition showcases von Stuck’s graphic and architectural design and his photography, as well as spectacular canvases that generated both praise and controversy among American critics of his day for their “cachet of strangeness, which comes from a modern treatment of legendary, biblical, mystic or symbolic subjects.”