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The Cover
January 28, 1998

Winterfreude (Pleasures of Winter)

JAMA. 1998;279(4):254. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.254

Except perhaps for some regional pockets of interest, little is known in the United States about either Julius Hüther (1881-1954) or his work. The biographical information here comes largely from the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, Wis, which, not surprisingly, has a collection of 19th- and 20th-century German art rarely seen elsewhere and seldom, if ever, reproduced.

Hüther was born in Connstadt, Germany, and in 1894 went to Berlin. Between 1902 and 1905 he studied at the Berlin and Munich Academies of Art. He also exhibited in Berlin with the Sezession group. Later study took him to Amsterdam in 1927 and to the south of France in 1931. In 1937, with Germany expelling its artists, Hüther fled to the south of France and, for 6 years, until 1943, he did not paint. Eventually, he returned to Germany, where he died in 1954 in Munich. He was 73. Winterfreude (Pleasures of Winter) (cover ) was painted in 1931, the year he first went to the south of France.