October 9th, 2011 by Leo Plaw

Die Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus

The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism is a group of artists founded in Vienna in 1946. It includes Ernst Fuchs, Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter, Anton Lehmden and Fritz Janschka, all students of Professor Albert Paris Gütersloh at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. It was Gütersloh’s emphasis on the techniques of the Old Masters that gave the fantastic realist painters a grounding in realism (expressed with a clarity and detail some have compared to early Flemish painting) combined with religious and esoteric symbolism.

It was the author of this book, Johann Muschik, who coined the term “Die Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus” (The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism).

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