From 1928 on Franz von Zülow owned a house in Hirschbach, in Upper Austria, and spent some part of the year in Vienna and the other part there. The “Fuchsmühle” (Fox Mill) still exists today, just at walking distance from the Zülow-house. Located within an idyllic countryside, this mill was a popular motif among his artist friends and for Zülow himself.
This painting, dated 1937, shows a rural grange in an autumnal landscape. The view moves from the lower right edge of the painting towards the mill, the central motif. It continues up the hill to the autumn-yellow larch and ends on a forested ridge. The mill with its slated roofs and wooden boarded walls is serenely located in a sink. It almost seems to merge with the surrounding nature. At the same time the genius coloristic skill of Zülow emphasizes the importance of the building.
Not only the color palette he uses is simply masterful. Zülow is able to create a wonderful composition by using a central motif and a diagonal partition. He achieves this effect by cunningly using the course of the landscape.
In this peaceful picture the 50years old Franz von Zülow succeeded in encasing the beauty of his homeland in the autumn season.