Ernst Fuchs

and the fantastic realism

On visiting the Fuchs-museum in Vienna, I was fascinated. Finally a contemporary artist, who really painted and not only manufactured daub. No wonder, that Salvador Dalí called him the German Dalí, when they met in Paris.
I like the powerful colours in personating painting and not only as a "blue square on white background" or as clumsy forms in a childish manner.
Still there are only few limits for fantasy. True, the motive of the "Beauty and the Beast" returns a couple of times, but the rest of the picture is always very fantasy-inspiring. Last not least the mythological motives are pleasing, like "Leda and the Swan" or "Perseus and Andromeda", which are shown here in creative framing.
Something else, which I like, concerning Ernst Fuchs, is his allroundness. This man is not only a painter and sculptor, but even an architect and designer, as well as stage-decorator, even a singer. As a father of 16 children he shows creativity on other fields too.

Click on a thumbnail to see a larger picture.

Important facts from the artist's life:

Februari 13th, 1930: born in Vienna
1945: studies at the "Akademie der bildenden Künste" in Vienna
1948: founder of the "Viennese School of Fantastic Realism" together with Wolfgang Hutter, Arik Brauer and others
since 1949: worldwide exhibitions
1950 - 1962: lives in Paris, meets Salvador Dalí, Jean-Paul Sartre, and others
1962 - 1972: miscellaneous works: monumental sculptures, architectual outlines and design of furniture
1972: buys the Villa Wagner in Hütteldorf in Vienna
1974 - 1982: works for film and stage, the watercolour-cycle "Lohengrin", records music, the large paintings for the Villa Wagner take form
1988: opening of the Villa Wagner as a personal museum
1994: architectual design of the church St. Jakobus in Thal near Graz
1993 - 1997: the "Apocalypse-cycle" is developed

Back to the or to the of
last update: 21.9.2005 by