The last decades of the Nineteenth Century in Constance

Wilhelm Volz (1855-1901) was a German painter. He was one of the founders of the Munich Secession in 1892. In his works, he used religious, mythological and allegorical motives, but he is also knows for his genre paintings and landscapes, wall paintings, etchings and lithographs. His work reveals the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites, German Impressionism and Jugendstil (Art Nouveau). The gallery permanently exhibits many works of Volz, but it is the first time since 1921 that a full retrospective of the artist is being organized. His Art Nouveau works can be admired in drawings and lithographs, including his mild sense of humour. The Art Nouveau magazines Pan and Jugend (from which comes the German name Jugendstil) were his source of inspiration. Volz was a nephew of Albrecht Mendelsohn-Bartholdy and together they created musical-graphical works, for example Mopsus in 1898, a Comedy in two parts.