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Otto Mueller-CHRONOLOGY / BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

1874

Born on 16 October in Liebau/German Silesia.
His father was a civil-servant.

1890–1894

Apprenticeship with a lithographer in Görlitz without final exam

1894-1896

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Mueller was dissatisfied with the conservative instructions and left after two years

1898–1899

Mueller went to Munich with his fried Paul Kother. He returned to Dresden in automn where he met Maria (Maschka) Mayerhofer who became his lover, muse and model.

1900

Travels with Gerhart Hauptmann and Hauptmann’s son
to Switzerland and Italy

1900-1903

Moves to Laubegast and then to Rockau near Dresden.
Participates in a group exhibition in Dresden

1905

Marriage to Maschka Mayerhofer in Schönfeld/Dresden. Stays with Carl Hauptmann in Mittel-Schreiberhau

1906

Moves from Rockau to Schreiberhau in early summer

1908

Moves to Berlin. Meets the expressionist sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck

1909

Exhibition at Galerie Gurlitt, Berlin

1910

When his entries to the exhibition of the Berlin Secession were rejected Mueller participates in the exhibition of the New Berlin Secession. Friendship with Erich Heckel and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Participates (as a guest) in the  exhibition of the artist group „Die Brücke“ (The Bridge).Mueller became a member of the artist group in the following year.

1911

Works with Kirchner and Heckel on the Baltic coast.
Travels with Kirchner to Mnischek (Böhmen) and to Prague.
Works with Kirchner and Heckel at the Moritzburg Lakes; in summer he works in the studio of Kirchner in Dresden, Heckel works in Muellers studio in Berlin.

1912

Participates in the 2. exhibition of the artist group „Blauer Reiter“ (Blue Rider) at the „Galerie Neue Kunst“ (Hans Goltz) in Munich

1913

Final break-up of the artist group „Die Brücke“; Mueller maintains close friendship with Heckel and Kirchner

1914

Solo exhibition at the gallery Gurlitt, Berlin

1916

Served as a soldier in World War I at the Western front

1917

Mueller is briefly hospitalized in Neuß/Rhine because he falled ill with pneumonia. After his recovery he served at the Eastern front

1918

After Mueller is released from military service he returns to Berlin

1919

First solo exhibition at the gallery Paul Cassirer, Berlin
(with catalogue)
Mueller is appointed professor at the Breslau Academy of Art Meets Irene Altmann, his student and modell

1921

Divorce from Maschka, separation from Irene Altmann

1922

Marriage to Elsbeth Lübke, also a student at the Breslau Academy

1923

In summer he works with Erich Heckel at the Flensburger Förde

1924-1925

Travels to Southeast-Europe. Stays in Sarajewo, Dubrovnik and Split.Birth of his son Josef. Mueller travels to Hungary and stays in Szolnok

1927

 Separation from Elsbeth, completion of his „Gypsy-Portfolio“ and exhibiton of the portfolio at the Galerie Neumann-Nierendorf in Berlin. Travels to Romania

1928

Travels to Paris and Lom (Bulgaria). Lives together with Elfriede Timm, student at the Academy in Breslau.
Exhibition at the Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin

1929

Travels to Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and to Budapest. Spends
 the winter together with Heckel in the Sudeten Mountains. His lung disease becomes worse.

1930

Travels to Dalmatien. Marriage to Elfriede Timm. Mueller dies on  24. September in the sanatorium of Obernigk near Breslau

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