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Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs dies aged 85

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Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs dies aged 85
Ernst Fuchs in 2007. Photo: Tsui/Wikimedia
10:45 CET+01:00
The Austrian painter and sculptor Ernst Fuchs has died at the age of 85. Speaking to the Austria Press Agency his son, Tillmann Fuchs, said that his father died early on Monday.

He died peacefully in hospital in Vienna, surrounded by his family. According to the artist's wishes, he will be buried in Vienna's Hütteldorf cemetery.

Fuchs, who was instantly recognisable by his bushy beard and trademark patterned caps, was married three times and had 16 children.

He was born on February 13th 1930 in Vienna, the only child of a Jewish antiques dealer and a Catholic seamstress.

He was just 15 when he was accepted to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. There he met fellow students Anton Lehmden, Arik Brauer, Wolfgang Hutter and Rudolf Hausner, with whom he went on to found the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.

Fuchs was known internationally for works that combined clear lines and bright colours with allegorical and later religious themes.

He moved to Paris in 1950 and lived there for 12 years, travelling during this time to Italy, Spain, England and the US and befriending artists such as Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico and Jean Cocteau. 

In 1972 Fuchs bought the derelict Otto Wagner Villa in Hütteldorf, which he restored and transformed. The villa became the Ernst Fuchs Museum in 1988.

Since 1988 Fuchs lived in Monte Carlo and would stay at a hotel when he came to Vienna.

The Otto Wagner Villa in Vienna. Photo: Welleschik unter cc by-sa

 

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