Biographical information about Putz can be found here and here. He was highly regarded in Munich where his career was centered. His favorite subject was women. He painted his attractive wife, the artist Frieda Blell, a number of times during what I consider his peak years. Putz also made a large number of paintings of nude women, but I consider most of these less interesting, especially those done from around 1912 on. His later paintings were sketchier than his more solid earlier works, and incorporated light touches of fauvist coloring along with fading hints of his earlier flat-area style.
What interests me most is his use of large, flat brush strokes. This is a mannered style that works best, I think, in small doses. Perhaps that is why Putz drifted away from it. Nevertheless, when I think of Leo Putz, his square-brush style comes to mind first.
These first two images show Putz' degree of skill depicting representational subjects before he shifted to a more mannered style.
An early square-brush effort.
"Behind the Scenes" is the English version of the title. Nice job on facial expressions. Note that Putz abandons or minimizes flat-brushing on faces that require a softened approach.
"Summer Dreams" is a large painting that's particularly striking when viewed in person.
Two paintings featuring Frieda Blell.
By now, Putz is abandoning his classical style.
Another example of his new stylistc direction.