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"Horse Harnessed by the Farmer"
Julius Paul Junghanns (Austrian, 1876-1953)

Oil on canvas
9 x - 1/2 inches (8-7/8 x 7-3/8 in frame)
Signed verso


Julius Paul Junghanns grew up in Dresden where he completed an apprenticeship as a lithographer in 1895. A year later he began his studies at the Dresden Art Academy with Max Frey and Leon Pohle. He did military service with the Royal Saxon Grenadier Regiment No. 1 in 1898. He would again serve during World War 1. From 1899, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with the animal painter Heinrich von Zügel which continued until 1904. Junghanns described his studies with Zügel as the greatest experience of his apprenticeship. In 1903 he became a member of the Association of Drawing Artists in Munich. In 1904 - at only 28 years old - at the suggestion of his teacher Heinrich von Zügel, he was appointed head of the master class for animal and open-air painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy for the winter semester. In 1906 he was given a professorship at the Düsseldorf Academy. In 1907 he received a gold medal at the Great Berlin art exhibition. 

In March 1933, shortly after power was handed over to the National Socialists, Junghanns was appointed acting director of the Düsseldorf Academy. This position lasted until the new director took office in October 1933.


Junghanns enjoyed the trust and appreciation of the National Socialist regime due to