Anton Faistauer

1887 St. Martin near Lofer - 1930 Vienna

Anton Faistauer was born on February 14, 1887 in St. Martin near Lofer. After first painting lessons with Robert Scheffer at the painting school in Vienna, he studied from 1906 onwards at the Academy of Fine Arts. Together with Egon Schiele, Franz Wiegele, Robin Christian Andersen and Anton Kolig, Anton Faistauer founded the "Neukunstgruppe" in 1909. After World War I, the progressive artists' association "Der Wassermann" was mainly founded on the initiative of Faistauer. French painting, especially Paul Cézanne, was of crucial importance for his oeuvre. Anton Faistauer took part in various exhibitions at home and abroad, among others in Munich, at the Hagenbund in Vienna, at the international special exhibition in Cologne, in Dresden and Rome. In the 1920s, Faistauer was one of the most important Austrian fresco artists, he worked for example in the parish church in Morzg in 1922 and in the lobby of the Salzburg Festival Hall in 1926. His talent as a writer was manifested in the book on contemporary Austrian art "New Painting in Austria" published in 1922/23. Faistauer died on February 13, 1930 in Vienna.