Leopold Müller (painter)

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bust created by Victor Tilgner
Bedouin village, 1887

Leopold Carl Müller (9 December 1834 – 4 August 1892) was an Austrian genre painter.


Born in Dresden to Austrian parents, he was a pupil of Karl von Blaas and of Christian Ruben at the Academy in Vienna. Obliged to support his family after his father's death, he worked eight years as an illustrator for the Vienna Figaro. Continuing his studies subsequently, he visited repeatedly Italy and Egypt, and made his name favorably known through a series of scenes from popular life in Italy and Hungary.

Later he displayed his coloristic talent to greater advantage in oriental subjects, such as “Arabian Money-Changers,” “Pilgrims to Mecca Resting,” “Bedouins in Camp,” “Camel Mart,” “Young Copt Woman” (New Pinakothek, Munich). Other works include “The Inundation in Vienna, 1862” “Old Little Matron” and “Last Task of the Day” (both in the Vienna Museum); and “Soldiers in the Thirty Years' War” (Prague Gallery).

He died, aged 57, in Weidlingau, now part of Vienna.

His sisters were the painters Marie Müller (1847-1935) and Berta Müller (1848-1937), both well known in Austria for their portrait paintings. The third sister, Josefine, married the Austrian portrait painter Eduard Swoboda (1814-1902), he was the father of the painter Rudolf Swoboda and the portrait painter Josefine Swoboda.[1][2]


  1. ^ H. Schöny: "Müller Leopold Karl". In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 6, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1975, ISBN 3-7001-0128-7, p. 423 f. (Direct links to "p. 423", "p. 424")
  2. ^ Constantin von Wurzbach (1880). Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich. (in German). Theil. 41. Kaiserlich-königliche Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, Wien. p. 61-63.  (Direct link to "p. 61")