Armour in the ruined museum in Dinant
  • Richard Müller
  • Tschirnitz / Bohemia 1874 -1954 Dresden
  • Armour in the ruined museum in Dinant, 1914
  • Pencil on paper
  • inscribed, dated and signed: Dinant 19. Okt. 14. / Rich. Müller
    inscribed on the old mount: Dinant, Motiv aus dem Festungsmuseum
  • cat. rais. Z 1914.15
  • 221 × 335 mm
Sonderausstellung Richard Müller, Dresden 1915

In the destroyed Museum of the former citadel at Dinant, an industrial city in the Belgian province of Namur, Richard Müller was fascinated by the tangle of overturned armor and barriers, as well as fallen soldiers whose limbs were scattered around the room. Here, too, the painstakingly-noted details and strong contrasts in the image take on an artistic life of their own, going far beyond the work of a typical war correspondent. Thanks to the artist‘s graphic sophistication, the events are captured almost photo-realistically; yet in its motifs, the scene is evocative of 19th century tastes, when armories were a recurring theme. These reminiscences characterize Richard Müller as a connoisseur of the Old Masters‘ vocabulary as well.