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    Art Brokerage: Jan Muller German Artist: b. 1922-1958. Jan Müller (December 27, 1922 – January 29, 1958) was a New York Figurative Expressionist of the 1950s. According to art critic, Carter Ratcliff, "His paintings usually erect a visual architecture sturdy enough to support an array of standing, riding, levitating figures. Gravity is absent, banished by an indifference to ordinary experience." According to the poet John Ashbery, Müller "brings a medieval sensibility to neo-Expressionist paintings." Jan Müller was born on December 27, 1922, in Hamburg, Germany. In 1933 his family fled the Nazis to Prague, and later to Bex-les-Bains, Switzerland; there he experienced the first of several attacks of rheumatic fever. He visited Paris in 1938 and two years later was apprehended and interned in a camp near Lyon. Shortly after the fall of Paris Müller was released, at which time he moved to Ornaisons, near Narbonne. Following an unsuccessful attempt to escape to the United States from Marseille, he was able to cross the border into Spain in 1941 and proceed via Portugal to New York. He studied at The Art Students League of New York, New York City, NY for six months and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts for five years. He became a US citizen in 1957. Jan Müller died on January 29, 1958, at the age of thirty-six, in New York. Listings wanted.

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