Henry Muhrman
American, 1854-1916
Collected by a major museum

A forgotten master of American art, especially in pastel and watercolor, Henry Muhrman studied in Munich and exploded on the New York art world in 1879 when his expressive watercolors caught the eye of critics, who noted his “excellence in the values of color, in harmony of tones, in boldness and freedom of brush.” Muhrman was allied with J. Frank Currier, John Twachtman, and William Merritt Chase in his use of dramatic paint handling and somber tonalities to highlight the drama of his compositions. Discouraged by the American art scene, Muhrman settled in London in 1882, where he became a follower of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, specializing in moody and poetic pastels. Murhman remained a presence in American art, exhibiting to great acclaim at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, when he was awarded a medal, and later at the Armory Show of 1913.