Jan Müller (artist)

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Jan Müller
BornDecember 27, 1922 (1922-12-27)
Hamburg, Germany
DiedJanuary 29, 1958 (1958-01-30) (aged 35)
New York City, U.S.
  • Abstract expressionist painter
  • New York Figurative Expressionist painter

Jan Müller (December 27, 1922 – January 29, 1958) was a New York-based figurative expressionist artist of the 1950s. According to art critic Carter Ratcliff,[1] "His paintings usually erect a visual architecture sturdy enough to support an array of standing, riding, levitating figures. Gravity is absent, banished by an indifference to ordinary experience." According to the poet John Ashbery,[2] Müller "brings a medieval sensibility to neo-Expressionist paintings."


Jan Müller was born on December 27, 1922, in Hamburg, Germany. In 1933 his family fled the Nazis to Prague, and later to Bex-les-Bains, Switzerland;[3] there he experienced the first of several attacks of rheumatic fever. He visited Paris in 1938 and two years later was apprehended and interned in a camp near Lyon. Shortly after the fall of Paris, Müller was released, at which time he moved to Ornaisons, near Narbonne. Following an unsuccessful attempt to escape to the United States from Marseille, he was able to cross the border into Spain in 1941 and proceed via Portugal to New York.

Jan Müller began to study art in 1945.

He became a US citizen in 1957.

Jan Müller died on January 29, 1958, at the age of thirty-five, in New York.

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  1. ^ Paul Schimmel and Judith E Stein, Carter Ratcliff assay, Selfhood Paints a Self-Portrait (Newport Beach, Calif. : Newport Harbor Art Museum : New York : Rizzoli, 1988.) ISBN 978-0-8478-0942-4
  2. ^ John Ashbery, "Jan Muller," Art News 56, no. 2 (January 1958), pp.16-17.
  3. ^ Vivian Endicott Barnett; Thomas M. Messer; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ‘’ Handbook, the Guggenheim Museum collection, 1900-1980; Jan Müller, 1922-1958’’ (New York : The Museum, 1980.) ISBN 0-89207-021-8, ISBN 978-0-89207-021-3 pp.464-465,