Fritz Erler was a member of the Munich
artists’ association known as "Die
Scholle", which dominated the local art scene in the period between
1899 and 1911. This period was marked by a pioneering spirit that
developed in the wake of the fin de
siècle. The young artists wanted to shed
academic fetters and sought an approach to painting that was free
and subjective in form and composition. Fritz Erler significantly
influenced the weekly journal "Jugend" (after which the Jugendstil
school of art was named). He was an interior decorator, designed
furniture, stage sets and books; he created large-scale murals for
private homes and public buildings.
In 1913, Erler was commissioned to design the interior of the
Main Conference Room of the new building that is Munich Re's
headquarters today. Eleven frescoes symbolise those risks to life
that were covered by insurance at that time.