STUCK, FRANZ (1863- ), German painter, was born at Tettenweis, in Bavaria, and received his artistic training at the Munich Academy. He first made a name with his illustrations for Fliegende Blatter, and vignette designs for programmes and book decoration. He did not devote himself to painting till after 1889, the year in which he achieved a marked success with his first picture, " The Warder of Paradise." His style in painting is based on a thorough mastery of design, and is sculptural rather than pictorial. His favourite subjects are of mythological and allegorical character, but in his treatment of time-worn motifs he is altogether unconventional. A statuette of an athlete, bronze casts of which arc at the Berlin and Budapest national galleries and the Hamburg Museum, affords convincing proof of his talent for plastic art. Among his paintings the best known are " Sin " and " War," at the Munich Pinakothek, " The Sphinx," " The Crucifixion," " The Rivals," " Paradise Lost," " Oedipus," " Temptation," and " Lucifer." Though Stuck was one of the leaders of the Munich Sezession, he enjoyed an appointment of professor at the academy.
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