“Dr. Fritz Wohlfarth was born on January 11th, 1906, in Saalfeld (Thuringia, Germany). He studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry and worked as a sales representative for a varnish company in Munich. In his spare time, he pursued his passion of painting nature, especially plants and fungi, a major interest that he continued after his retirement in the 1970s. Dr. Fritz Wohlfarth died on April 4th, 2005 in Kamsdorf (Thuringia, Germany) at the age of 99 years.
Since 1970, the Botanische Staatssammlung München (M) has been housing a collection of 121 of Fritz Wohlfarth’s water colours of fungi, which was databased and placed on-line in 2001. Additional drawings of fungi by Fritz Wohlfarth could be added in 2002 thanks to the generosity of the artist and with the help of Prof. Dr. A. Bresinsky (Regensburg) as an intermediary.All together, over 1,900 paintings of all groups of macromycetes can now be presented online. Nearly all of the 800 species are native to Central Europe, and their identification and the taxonomic applicability of names have been verified wherever possible (below). The paintings are dated between 1952 and 1977, mounted on cardboard of standardized size, and numbered as well as annotated by the artist. Some include supplementary dried material of the respective fungus.”