Halberg-Krauss, Fritz (1874-1951)

Halberg-Krauss, Fritz (1874-1951)

Fritz Halberg-Krauss was predominantly known for his painterly impressionistic landscapes, which often captured the solitary heathland north of Munich. Remarkably, he was self-taught, with inspiration derived from the 19th-century French ‘plein air’ painters, such as Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) and Jules Dupré (1811-1889). As such, he embraced the spirit of nature, while adopting a relatively loose, more naturalistic approach.

Often cited as the last great bastion of the ‘Munich School’, his atmospheric vistas convey a certain poetry - a rhythmic quality. Clouds build overhead, appearing to move with urgency, amplified by a low horizon line. Cattle bend heavy necks, thirsty by the riverbank. Feathery trees sway as a thunderstorm passes. He connects us with the ever-changing intensity of the dynamic natural world.

Like other local artists, he often gained inspiration from the meadows, pine forests and floodplains of Dachauer Moos. These were a regular haunt, particularly for Academy students, who were captivated by its transient light effects. He exhibited predominantly in Munich at the popular salons.


Kunstsalon Kubach, Württemberg Art Association, Munich, Munich Glass Palace, Maximilianeum, Great German Art Exhibition in the House of German Art Munich, Prien am Chiemsee.



Born ‘Friedrich Wilhelm Maximilian Theodor Krauss’ in Stadtprozelten am Main, Germany, to Johann Paul Krauss, a pharmacist, and his wife Maria Auguste (née Dietsch).


Moved to Munich.


Adopted the name “Halberg-Krauss”.


Married Stephanie Schmitt.


Married Ludowika Rosenberger.


Reached his zenith, exhibiting at every major exhibition in Munich.


Died in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.

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