Munich school_hugo Kauffmann

Hugo Wilhelm Kauffmann_7 August 1844_30 December 1915 Munich School German Painter. He obviously liked to hang out in taverns and certainly seemed to have been influenced by the Dutch Genre Painters notably Franz Hals.

Kauffmann is known mainly for his folksy genre paintings, often set in taverns.  Once again these paintings were not highly thought of when we were in school in the sixties. It cannot be argued however that Hugo could handle a paintbrush, the lush appreciation of whites is delicious. Growing up in the Midwest we have seen a good number of these German Genre Paintings in the museums in Milwaukee, Saint Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago. They are surprising small and mostly painted on wooden panels.

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