Carl Fahringer

1874 Wiener Neustadt - 1952 Vienna

Carl Fahringer was born on December 25, 1874 in Wiener Neustadt. From 1894 to 1898, he studied at the Vienna Academy with Sigmund L’Allemand, Christian Griepenkerl and Rudolf Eisenmenger; he then moved to Carl Marr at the Munich Academy for four years. In his early work, he mainly dealt with book illustrations for fairy tales by Bechstein, Grimm and Hauff, as well as works by Goethe and Stifter. Together with his brother Josef, he undertook long study trips to Italy, Egypt, Albania, Bosnia, Turkey and Paris. From 1903 to 1906, Fahringer was a member of the Hagenbund and since 1907 he was a member of the Künstlerhaus. During World War I, he was a war painter in Russia and Italy (works from this period can be found in the Museum of Military History in Vienna). In 1921 he undertook his first major trip to Holland, which also took him to the Dutch colony of Bali. He mainly processed the impressions he there collected in the brightening of his colour palette. Harbour and market scenes were his motifs. In 1929 a second trip to Holland followed, a stay in Batavia (Djakarta) and Soerabaja (Surabaya). After his return, he temporarily took over the painting class at the Vienna Academy in 1938/39, he then headed the subject for animal and landscape painting until 1945. Today, Carl Fahringer still has the reputation of being the best animal painter, who developed a postimpressionist painting technique characterized by broad brushwork. In the Schönbrunn Zoo he had the opportunity to study parrots, exotic birds, tigers and lions. During World War II, he was stationed as a painter in France and Greece. He spent most of his retirement in Lustenau; on February 4, 1952, he died in Vienna.