Medium: Finely carved wood
Signature: Signed H. Müller and dated 1922 on right back of base
8.25 in. h. x 8.5 in. w. x 3.5 in. d.
Carved from a single piece of wood, the young kneeling nude boy, who has just collected a bunch of vegetation, possibly wheat, repels away from the lizard he has encountered. The artist, Hans Müller, is known for his portrait busts and animal sculpture, though he often created full figures accompanied by an animal as seen in this example.
Hans Müller was born in 1873. He was a sculptor, and the son of Francis Xavier. Müller studied at the School of Applied Arts and Academy in Vienna under Edmund von Hellmer and Karl Ludwig August Kuehne. He worked from 1900 to 1905 in the studio of Friedrich Christoph Hausmann Frankfurt am Main. Since 1909, he has been a member of the Viennese artists cooperative.
Type of Work: Sculpture