Ernst Fuchs “Vienna School of Fantastic Realism”

Ernst Fuchs, MAY PICTURE, etching 734x272 mm 1949

Ernst Fuchs, MAY PICTURE, etching 734x272 mm 1949

Ernst Fuchs (born February 13, 1930) is an Austrian visionary artist…and one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.

(In) Vienna in 1961 (Fuchs) had a vision of what he called the verschollener Stil (The Hidden Prime of Styles), the theory of which he set forth in his inspired and grandiose book Architectura Caelestis: Die Bilder des verschollenen Stils (Salzburg, 1966). He also produced several important cycles of prints, such as Unicorn (1950-52), Samson (1960-64), Esther (1964-7) and Sphinx (1966-7; all illustrated in Weis). In 1972 he acquired the derelict Otto Wagner Villa in Hütteldorf, which he restored and transformed. The villa was inaugurated as the Ernst Fuchs Museum in 1988.

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