Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Albin Egger-Lienz

Aus den Kampfen um Nordfrankreich (From the battle for Northern France)
oil on canvas
230 x 115 cm
Private collection

Albin Egger-Lienz (1868-1926) was an Austrian painter who had a special preference for rustic genre and historical paintings. His body of work comprises above all religious themes, rural scenes, events of the Tyrolean freedom struggle of 1809, and the horror of war in general.

He was born in the county of Tyrol. He trained first under his father, a church painter and photographer, later he studied at the Academy in Munich and he moved to Vienna in 1899. he was professor at the Weimar Saxon-Grand Ducal Art School in Weimar 1911-1912, and he served as war painter during World War I. In 1918, he turned down a professorship at the Vienna Academy and settled in South Tyrol for good.