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Oskar Laske,

1874 Czernowitz - 1951 Vienna

View of Vienna from Upper Belvedere ("Canaletto-View")
oil on canvas
65 x 90,5 cm
signed and inscribed lower right: "O. Laske opus 148"

Exhibitions: Künstlerhaus Wien, 1941

Provenance: Josef Edelhauser, Vienna; private collection, Vienna (since 1950ties)


The son of an architect, Oskar Laske was born in Czernowitz. He studied architecture first at Vienna’s University of Technology and subsequently at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Otto Wagner. As an architect, he designed the “Engel-Apotheke”, a famous pharmacy in Vienna’s 1st district, as well as a number of residential houses. He was also responsible for the interior design of the cabaret theatre “Nachtlicht” and created various glass-designs for the renowned Austrian glass-manufacturer Lobmeyer. While still a school-boy, Laske showed a keen interest in painting and took lessons with landscape artist Anton Hlavacek, but it was not until 1904 that he turned this, his true vocation, into his profession. In 1907 he became a member of the Hagenbund, joined the Vienna Secession in 1924 and the Vienna Künstlerhaus in 1939. His œuvre is characterised by a distinct narrative quality. He illustrated a number of books, dealing with various popular subjects, including biblical topics and was also an accomplished stage designer. A lot of the time his works reveal a satirical and humorous undertone, are often abstruse, sometimes bizarre, but always indicative of the artist’s boundless imagination. During his study-trips, which led him all over Europe and as far as North Africa, he created numerous landscapes and vedute in watercolours or gouache. As well as contributing to many exhibitions, Laske’s works were also often shown in solo exhibitions.

Blick auf Murau mit Stadtpfarrkirche und Schloss Murau
watercolour on paper
49 x 41,5 cm
signed and dated lower right: "O. Laske 1934", as well as inscribed: "Murau. Steiermark"

Provenance: private collection, Germany

View of Murau with Murau Castle
Watercolor on paper
39 x 52 cm
dated and signed lower right: "1934. O. Laske" as well as inscribed lower left: "Holzbrücke / Murau"

Provenance: private collection, Germany

Vienna / Between the Museums (Art history and Natural history Museum)
Watercolour and Gouache on Paper
39,5 x 50 cm
signed lower right: O. Laske