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Fritz Erler

Born 1868 in Frankenstein, Silesia (in today's Poland)
Died 1940 in Munich, Germany

Wall frescoes in Main Conference Room, 1913


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.

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