Felix Heuberger

1888 Vienna - 1968 Hall in Tirol

Felix Heuberger was born in Vienna on March 7, 1888 as the second son of the composer and music writer Richard Heuberger and his wife Johanna Herr. He first attended the School "Akademisches Gymnasium" in Vienna, but then switched to "Realschule" (secondary modern school) and completed his training in 1914 with a diploma in civil engineering from the Technical University. During this time, he also met his future wife Christine Clanner von Engelshofen, whom he married shortly before the end of the First World War. During the First World War, in which he served as a volunteer in the third Dragoon regiment, he became acquainted with Galicia and Northern Italy while being an officer and rider. These trips reinforced his enthusiasm for nature, to which he had felt a strong connection since his childhood due to numerous holidays his family spent in the Salzkammergut and in the Tyrolean mountains. Because of this enthusiasm, Heuberger decided against a career as a technician and devoted himself to landscape painting as his main occupation. The self-taught artist had success early on. Already in 1919, two of his first paintings were exhibited at the Künstlerhaus and were immediately bought, a third was commissioned. Perfecting his technique, Heuberger quickly developed his own style. Often in cooperation with the Austrian portrait painter Carl Theodor von Blaas and his wife, the flower painter Helene Leitenberger, he took part in numerous exhibitions in Vienna. His landscapes were shown in more than twenty exhibitions, but also beyond Austria, in Germany, England and the USA. Shortly before his eightieth birthday, the artist died unexpectedly on January 25, 1968 in Hall in Tyrol.

Heuberger creates a fascinating, distinctive style. Under the influence of New Objectivity, the motif is presented as a clear concrete subject in its objective concreteness. The paint is applied with fine, precise brush strokes. Heuberger often chooses views against the light. In the foreground, the motifs with heavily modeled contours stand out in a particularly vivid manner. These areas are contrasted by wide fields, which are in the middle- and background and are mostly painted in light, pastel colours. Heuberger often portrays them in a "sfumato", so that the light, nebulous background contrasts brilliantly with the clear, dark parts of the foreground. Heuberger himself described his style as "timelessly romantic". This clearly shows his striving for specific atmostheric content of each landscape depiction, which he presents convincingly in its individual appearance, the light character, in accordance with the constant change of light. Sensation is the primacy in Heuberger's oeuvre.

Thus, the artist develops his works not only from sketches made on site, but also based on stenographic drawings. His works reached national and international collections early on and were shown in numerous exhibitions beyond Austria, in Germany, England and the USA. Many works remained continuously in family collections.