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Albert Birkle,

1900 Berlin - 1986 Salzburg

Salzburg Mountains in Winter
oil on board
70,5 x 103 cm
signed lower left: A. Birkle

Literature: to compare: N. Schaffer, Albert Birkle, Salzburg 2001, 42 (ill.47) and 48 (ill. 48)


After completing his apprenticeship as a decorative painter, Albert Birkle studied at the Berlin Academy of Arts from 1919 to 1926 under Arthur Kampf and Ferdinand Spiegel. He joined the Berlin Secession and the Association of Berlin Artists in 1921, both organisations providing him with plenty of opportunities to exhibit his works. Additionally, he took part in numerous collective exhibitions in Germany and abroad. During this time his preferred motif was the metropolis, with its hectic lifestyle and hurried, forlorn people. He travelled extensively all over Europe to Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Switzerland. In 1927 he was invited to stay in Upper Silesia, where he painted animated scenes of street life and factories as well as calm, atmospheric landscapes. In 1933 the artist moved to Salzburg. From the middle of the 1930s glass painting became his most important means of expression. He was commissioned to create numerous designs for glass windows in churches across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the U.S. Birkle’s art was considered “degenerate” under the Nazi regime. After the war, he was awarded Austrian citizenship in 1947. His oil paintings depict a surreal and magical world that often has melancholic undertones and at times seems removed from reality. Birkle was also a keen graphic artist, creating dynamic drawings during all periods of his artistic career.