Marie-Mela MUTER 1886 — 1967
Марія МЕЛА-МУТЕР • Мария МЕЛА-МУТЕР
Maria Mela Muter (also known as Mela Muter and Maria Mutermilch)
was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1886. She grew up in a wealthy family. Her brother, Zygmunt Klingsland, became a well established art critic in Poland. In 1901, after one year of study at J.Kotarbinski art school for women, she moved to Paris with her husband, socialist journalist Michal Muttermilch. In Paris Mela Muter studied at Colarossi Academy and then at the Grande Chaumière. She exhibited regularly at Polish exhibitions in Warsaw, Lvov and Krakow. Art dealer and collector Ambroise Vollard became interested in her works and in 1916 Mela Muter painted his portrait. Mela Muter was a member of the Polish Artists Society and stayed in contact with such artists as Stefan Zeromski, Léopold Gottlieb and Zborowski. She also befriended such artists as Romain Rolland, Diego Rivera, Arthur Honegger, Albert Gleize, Auguste Perret. In 1925, she met Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1927 Mela Muter became French citizen. During the World War II Mela Muter stayed in Avignon. The artist had a solo exhibition at the Hammer Galleries of New York three months before she died. Mela Muter died in Paris in 1967. Most of her works are currently in the collection of Doctor Boleslaw Nawrocki in Warsaw.