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Paul Muller Oil Albert Schweitzer, Africa
Estimate: $1000 - $2000
Paul Muller (Russian/American, 1895-1970) Albert Schweitzer, Africa; oil on canvas. 34" by 23". Unsigned. (side of a baby crib used as stretcher). Provenance: The Paul Muller paintings in this auction were purchased by the consignor years ago from NYC dealers who were selling a collection of 30 of his paintings on behalf of Dick Muller, son of the artist. Muller was a refugee in Estonia all of his life, until he settled in NYC in 1926 and lived there until his death in 1970. He supported himself as an illustrator, (for Encyclopedia Britannica) among other manual and physical jobs until he began drinking and ended his life because of it. His later works show the influence of the American Scene Painters movement school of Social Realism prevalent in the 1920s and 30s, who were strongly influenced by the New York Ashcan school of the early 1900s. Note:The Art Deco style eagle on metered U.S. postage is his design.