His early biography of Hugo Mühlig summarized itself in a few words of a letter : "Born in Dresden on November, the 9th, 1854 , the son of a well-known historical painter in Dresden, Meno Mühlig. Visited the Dresden Art Academy and was especially students of professor V. P. Mohn, who lived in Berlin at this time and headed the studio of landscape painting in place of professor Ludwig Richter. In 1881, I moved to Dusseldorf ... "
The academic style of the Dresden late Romanticism was for Hugo Mühlig only a short time binding. Immediately after his move to Dusseldorf he developed his very personal and distinctive style of naturalistic painting, which bestows him after a few years a steady demand in the Rhineland, but also sales to England and America.