Born far from the sea in the town of Rockport, Missouri, Frederick Mulhaupt began learning his trade as a painter at the Kansas City Art Academy and later at the Art Institute of Chicago. After furthering his studies at the Paris art schools, he returned to this country to settle and establish his studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
While studying in Paris, Mulhaupt began to develop the strong impressionist technique that would distinguish his work at numerous art exhibitions throughout his 40 year career as a fine artist. Distinctive in palette and brush technique, his paintings would win awards at such important venues as the Salmagundi Club, the North Shore Art Association and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.
Mulhaupt was an important post impressionist member of the American Art Association of Paris, as well as the National Arts Club and the Palette and Chisel Club in this country. He was also an associate member of the National Academy of Design.