View from my window in Dresden-Loschwitz
  • Richard Müller
  • Tschirnitz / Bohemia 1874 -1954 Dresden
  • View from my window in Dresden-Loschwitz, 1936
  • Pencil and charcoal on board
  • inscribed, dated and signed:
    Blick aus meinem Fenster 1936 Rich. Müller
    inscribed, dated and signed again in the verso:
    Blick auf Loschwitz, Elbe u. ... / 1936 Rich. Müller
  • cat. rais. Z 1935.07 (wrong date)
  • 269 × 395 mm

Richard Müller purchased the former summer home of painter Ludwig Richter (1803-1884) in 1900, on the occasion of his marriage to the famous German-American concert singer Lillian Sanderson (1866-1947). The house was located at Hermann-Vogeler-Str. 2 on the banks of the Elbe River in Dresden-Loschwitz. Thanks to his exceptional talent, hard work, and great determination, this son of poor weavers then managed to top his climb up the social ladder by becoming a respected teacher at the Dresden Academy. Years later, and with nearly photographic realism, Müller drew this view from the window of the estate on the wintry Elbe. In spite of the cloudy day‘s gloominess, the artist skillfully leads the viewer‘s eye from the veranda through barren treetops, over the starkly accentuated snow-covered roofs of the neighboring houses, and down to the sluggish river, the opposite bank of which has already disappeared into the fog. This house, which became Müller‘s primary retreat – especially following his dismissal as Rector of the Academy in 1935 –, survived the bombings of World War II with only slight damage. It was here that Müller died in 1954, isolated and lonely.