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Josef Dobrowsky,

1889 Karlovy Vary - 1964 Vienna

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Parallel to his military training to become an officer and excepting his period of service during World War I, Josef Dobrowsky studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Christian Griepenkerl and Rudolf Bacher from 1906 to 1919. Among his fellow students were Faistauer, Isepp, Kitt, Kolig, Peschka, Schiele, Tischler and Wiegele. His early śuvre was influenced by Viennese decorative art. The most important work of this initial period, dated 1914 and entitled “The Poor in Spirit”, is a “witty allegory” on a large canvas, boasting bold lines, colours and a well thought-out composition. During that period the artist was strongly influenced by Hodler, Klimt and Egger-Lienz. In 1919 Dobrowsky became a member of the Vienna Secession. In 1920 he started to take a keen interest in the art of Pieter Breughel, an influence which manifested itself in Dobrowsky’s use of a limited spectrum of heavy, earthy colours, as well as in his motifs - the depictions of the daily life of farmers reveal a closeness in subject-matter to his Dutch idol. In the years to follow, Dobrowsky established his own unique style, earning him the sobriquet “lyrical Fauve” which he remained true to throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. His range of colours became richer and his interest turned to landscapes, flower paintings and portraits. Dobrowsky became the leading artist of the Vienna Secession. From 1932 he frequently took part in the biennales of Venice. In 1934 he was awarded a professorship. He taught at the Vienna Academy from 1947 to 1963, during which period he further developed his artistic style. While remaining true to reality in his subject-matter, his use of colour no longer served to depict this reality but rather expressed his own subjective responses and perceptions to it. Medals and awards (among others): „Goldene Medaille des k. k. Hofpreises I. Classe“ (1913) „Goldene Medaille“ und „Rom Preis“ (1919) „Goldene Staatsmedaille“, „Preis der Stadt Wien“ (1932) Staatliche „Anerkennung“ im Rahmen des Großen Österreichischen Staatspreises (1934) „Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis für bildende Kunst“ (1936) „Preis der Stadt Wien“ (1942) „Kulturpreis der Stadt Wien“ (1949) „Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis“ (1962) Newest literature: Herbert Zemen “Josef Dobrowsky 1889-1964 / Ein Künstlerbildnis” Vienna 2007 (released at the end of September 2007)



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