Franz Xavier Wolfe

Franz Xavier Wolfle was born in the old city Kaufbeuren, Bavaria in 1887, and died in the small mountain city of Zankenhaus, Germany in 1972.  Wolfe is considered a miniature portrait artist from the German school.

In 1907, Wolfle traveled to Munich to study painting at the Academy of Fine Art, which was founded in 1808 by Maximilian I of Bavaria in Munich as the "Royal Academy of Fine Arts," and is one of the oldest and most significant art academies in Germany.


Wolfle studies were interrupted with the outbreak of World War I.  Upon the war's conclusion, Franz began painting highly detailed miniature portraits to support his family.  These wonderful miniature masterpieces (painted using a brush with a single hair) captured the individual character of local Bavaria merchants, farmers, politicians and their wives.


With their popularity with collectors and tourists from Eouropean continent and the Unites State, galleries began displaying pairs of the unique portraits under a magnifying glass to show the minute detail that Franz Xavier Wolfle included in each portrait.