MUST: The Eerily Titilating Art of Franz von Stuck

Franz von Stuck's influence was major. So major that it seems like an afterthought at this point in history. Among some of his greatest achievements are creating cohesive illustration styles for use as vignettes on book covers, and other print media (basically helping to create the concept of "graphic identity" alongside his companions, and colleagues in the Munich Secession, of which he co-founded), and radically exploring color theory, mastering the spacial qualities of color depth.
He was also the lifelong favorite painter of Adolf Hitler. It's easy to see why too. His color palettes seldom leave his signature black, white, and red trifecta,  but when they do it's pure magic. Black Magic that is not to be missed. This will be the third time von Stuck's work will have touched Western land with the last time being in 1898 at the Third Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, only 5 years after his US debut. Right now you can see a large body of his most iconic, and important works at the Frye Museum in Seattle's lovely first hill neighborhood until February 2nd, 2014. It's an absolute MUST.
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