Frederick J. Mulhaupt (1871-1938) was a successful American painter who started his
career as an apprentice sign painter. Fortune smiled on him, however, and he soon found his
way to the Kansas City School of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. Eventually he
made a name for himself painting sailors, fishermen, and other nautical things. This 1893
work is the only male nude by Mulhaupt I could find. It made my favorites list because
it is a relatively rare piece of its type and era by an American. It almost looks modern.