(Danish, 1903-1984)


Oil on Canvas

 26½ x 19½ Inches

Signed Lower Right, "Muff"


Orla Muff received his first formal instruction at the Copenhagen Technical School from 1917-21, where he studied with the theatrical painter, Carl Lund. He subsequently traveled and studied throughout Europe including in France, Sweden and Holland. In the early years of his career, Muff became well-known for designing sophisticated, Art Deco theatre sets and costumes for prominent theatrical productions, both in Denmark and Paris. From the beginning of the 1930s, however, he began to focus on easel painting, creating portraits and figural works as well as abstract paintings composed in a predominantly light color scale. His figures from this period are often mythologically derived, with a high degree of art deco stylization contrasted against essentially abstract backgrounds. Throughout a long and successful career, Orla Muff exhibited widely and was the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and juried awards. We are pleased to offer an exotic figural work painted when the artist was in his late thirties.


Artworks Exhibited:

Horse and Naked Women (1928); Woman with Golden Hair (1931); Leda and the Swan (exhibit 1940); Mountains by night (exhibit 1940); Midsummer Night's Dream (exhibit 1940); Landscape, Tisvilde (exhibit 1944); H.C. Andersen figures (wooden sculptures, 1947); H.C Andersen figures (ceramics, 1950s, for fa. Søholm); ill. with motifs from the Bible, intended for use in school films (from 1957); Triptych (1962-64); endv. ill. by H.C. Andersen's fairy tales, posters, theater decorations and costumes for the Mayol Theater, Oslo (1921-22); to Ernst Rolf's revues, Sth. (1923-28); to Max Reinhardt's Theater, Berlin (including sketches for Faust, 1930); to Folketeatret, Copenhagen. (Värmländingene, 1934); to Wintergarten, Berlin (1939).



Weilbach, Dansk Kunstnerleksikon, the Castle and Cultural Agency, Copenhagen; Extrabl. 4/13/1940; 17.7.1940; Berl. Time. 7/29/1957; Day. Nyh. 9/22/1957; et al.







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