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Mulley, Oskar

Oskar Mulley Berghof


1891 Klagenfurt/Carinthia - 1949 Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Bavaria

„Berghof“ („Mountain Farm“)
around 1930
lower right: "MULLEY"
oil on canvas
27 ½×35 ¼ in

A deep, unwavering love for his alpine homeland permeates the impressive works of Austrian painter Oskar Mulley. Born in Klagenfurt (Carinthia) in 1891, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1910 to 1913, lived and worked in Kufstein, Tyrol, from 1918, and finally moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Bavaria) in 1934. Except for his student days, he was always surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Alps and quickly established himself as an extremely successful painter of mountain scenery. His unmistakable impasto painting style and choice of natural motifs full of raw beauty (and always without figures) give Oskar Mulley’s works great recognition value.

The present painting shows a skillful, almost relief-like application of paint, which the artist powerfully and confidently applied to the canvas with a palette knife. The view of a mountain farm in front of an imposing, all towering chain of peaks testifies to Mulley’s reverent admiration for the inhabitants of this wildly romantic landscape. The massive buildings of the farm are fortresslike and seem to merge with the rocks. The flower boxes and the clothes hung out to dry emphasize the sheltering character of these bulwarks of human life in the high mountains.