Marie Egner

1850 Radkersburg - 1940 Maria Anzbach

Marie Egner was an Austrian painter, known for her landscape paintings. She was born on August 25, 1850 in Bad Radkersburg and died on March 31, 1940 in Vienna. She took her first drawing lessons at the Styrian State School of Drawing in Graz with Hermann von Königsbrunn, then went to Düsseldorf from 1872 to 1875, where she studied with Carl Jungheim (1830-1886) and got to know Hugo Darnaut, with whom she had a lifelong friendship. In 1875 Marie Egner moved to Vienna and opened a private painting school, which she ran with great success until 1910. Emil Jakob Schindler's first visit to Egner's studio in 1880 began as a teacher-student relationship that lasted until 1887. Together with Schindler's students Carl Moll and Olga Wisinger-Florian, Egner spent a few summers at Schindler's Plankenberg Castle, where the artists intensively collaborated. A study trip to England followed from 1887 to 1889. In general, she also travelled extensively from 1888 to Greece, France, Holland, Dalmatia, Corfu, Germany and repeatedly to Italy.

Since 1874 Marie Egner was represented at exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Here are just a few: London Royal Academy 1888, large art exhibition in Berlin 1896, 1898, 1899, world exhibition in Paris 1900, international art exhibition Düsseldorf 1904. She regularly took part in the exhibitions at the Vienna Künstlerhaus, where she celebrated a great success in 1894. After World War I, she became a member of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ). In 1926 the group held a major retrospective exhibition of her work. After 1930, she began to lose her eyesight and withdrew from public life. Marie Egner had been keeping a diary since the age of 19, to which she entrusted all her thoughts and feelings with intelligence and humour until her death. She died on March 31, 1940 in Maria Anzbach.

She mainly painted landscapes and flowers and is furthermore known as a very important representative of Austrian "atmospheric impressionism".