Pirouette: Bearded Iris
Original Colored Pencil Drawing by Richard A. Mueller
Pirouette: Bearded Iris
Pirouette: Bearded Iris, detail
Pirouette: Bearded Iris, signature
Richard A. Mueller (1940-2010)
Pirouette: Bearded Iris
Wisconsin: c. 4th Quarter 20th Century
Colored pencil on illustration board
Signed upper right: RMueller
$600

Natural history study of an iris in shades of orange and gold. The blossom is pictured several times larger than life size against a white background.

Richard A. Mueller was an American artist in Eastern Wisconsin, working almost exclusively in colored pencil. He favored colorful natural history subjects such as birds, flowers, plants and animals, which he rendered in a finely detailed realist style by building the forms in layers of color against a white background. Mueller was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He worked for local newspapers in Wisconsin. He started drawing in colored pencil in 1970, while living in Neenah and working for the News Record. In 1988, he opened his own art gallery in Door County, a peninsula in Lake Michigan near Green Bay. He remained in Door County for the rest of his life.

Condition:  Generally fine overall with only minor toning and wear.  Artist’s original label verso with title and signature.

References:

"Mueller, Richard." Edgewood Orchard Galleries. http://edgewoodorchard.com/content/index.cfm?fuseaction=bio&key=226 (9 October 2014).

"Richard A. Mueller." Casperson Funeral Home. July 2010. http://www.caspersonfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=658174&fh_id=10411 (9 October 2014).