Monday, November 9, 2015

Ernst Fuchs passed away at age 85

It came as a great shock to me to find out this morning that Ernst Fuchs passed away. 
I am very sad.
 Rest In Peace dear Ernst!
Malerfürst Ernst Fuchs mit 85 Jahren gestorben

Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs dies aged 85

MEMORIES - some are from 3 Years earlier celebrating his birthday at the Cafe Palffy, downstairs from our studios at the Palais Palffy, also the home of the Phantastenmuseum Wien.
Ernst Fuchs 2012
February 2012 at the Cafe Palffy
with Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly - it was his birthday!

Ernst Fuchs, Bella Volen and I were studio neighbors at the Palais Palffy - 
here we are in Bella's studio with German artist and mutual friend Siegfried Zademack 

at the studio
again, at the birthday party in the Cafe Palffy with a young friend of the family
he was always writing in his journal ...... one day I had purchased a "Augustin"
(Boulevard paper), he began drawing in the margins of it.
He even signed it. When he was done I took the paper and saved it. 
Happy birthday, Ernst! The stick-pin paintbrush was one of the birthday treats he got that day.
Here he is studying my drawing of "The Beast Of Babylon", on display at the Phantasten Museum. 
The sun glasses were not just a fashion statement: he didn't like to get flashed,
so whenever there were photographers around he would don the glasses. 
these photos quickly gathered from my files - I collected (and took many myself) 

1 comment:


Some personal reflections today, since I was asked to relate something from my perspective, having known Ernst Fuchs in the later years.
"It came as a great shock to me to find out (shortly after November 9th 2015) that Ernst Fuchs passed away. I was very sad. Rest In Peace dear Ernst!
Our "painter prince" Ernst Fuchs - known for its colorful surreal imagery - has died at the age of 85 in Vienna. Fuchs, who was since childhood a drawing prodigy - already at the age of 15 he produced mature work - was co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
I had the privilege to have been a studio neighbor of Ernst at the Palais Palffy for a few years, spending time in conversations (me mostly listening) and singing Viennese folk songs together at the top of our lungs downstairs in the Cafe to the amusement of the patrons. Everybody in Vienna knew him, he was very friendly and patient with people. Fluent in English and French he would talk to visiting tourists and was always ready taking selfies, though he hated flash, so I warned people not to take flash pictures.
I was very sad when he passed away, because I vividly remember when last I visited him at the Villa - he was ailing then and in sickbed, but he was always happy to even then greet visitors. That day, I think sometime late October, he appeared tired, and I had some errands to run, so I said I come back on the weekend again. As faith would have it, I had a health problem shortly thereafter and could not visit.
Then the shock: I got news that he passed away!"