Leo Putz

Leo Putz (1869-1940) was born in the city of Merano (South Tyrol), whose mayor was his father, Karl Putz. The first teacher of drawing Leo was his half brother Robert Poetzelberger, a professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (Academy of Fine Arts Munich). In 1891, Leo Putz went to Paris and entered the Academy Julian (Académie Julian), where he studied for two years. In 1893, Leo Putz returned to Munich and became a student of Paul Hoecker, who taught at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. In 1897, Putz opened his own studio and became a member of the Munich Secession (the Munich Secession, founded in 1892 by the German painter and sculptor Franz von Stuck, brought together mainly representatives of the “art nouveau”, the German version of the “modern” style).

Leo Putz began working with the weekly magazine Jugend and his work began to appear on the front pages of the magazine. In the same period, the artist created a large number of posters in the modernist style and billboards for the Munich Pinakothek of modernity.

But the failures of this talented man were written in the family. At the time of the Weimar Republic, he was declared an enemy of the people, and under Hitler he was generally forbidden to paint, teach and exhibit. The artist escaped in Latin America - the land where he was respected and the style of painting he created. 1929 Leo Putz moved to Brazil and from 1931 he taught at the School of Fine Arts (Escola Nacional de Belas Artes).

In 1933, Leo Putz returned to Munich, where in 1935 an exhibition of his works was held with great success. However, in 1937, the work of Leo Putz was considered degenerative and he was officially forbidden to work in Germany.

Leo Putz died July 21, 1940