Franz Lerch

Art agency Gerald Weinpolter purchases quality paintings from Franz Lerch.

Detailed information about Franz Lerch (Wien 1895 - 1977 New York:

The landscape, genre and portrait painter studied from 1919 to 1927 under Josef Jungwirt, Karl Sterrer and Alois Delug at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In 1927 he went on a study trip to Paris and Holland. Because of numerous prizes and the paintings he sold to various Austrian museums Franz Lerch had an assured income from 1931 on. Among others he received the Prize of the City of Vienna in 1931 and four times the Austrian State Prize. From 1927 to 1938 Franz Lerch was a member of the Hagenbund and in 1946 he joined the Vienna Secession. He and his Jewish wife emigrated to New York in 1938. In the years 1939 and 1940 the artist destroyed many of his paintings. Until 1973 he worked for the designer company "Printex" and painted only in his spare time.
A certain sparseness and austereness are characteristic for his paintings. While they bring to mind Carl Hofer, who Franz Lerch met in 1928, they are more colourful and more vivid than his. His nudes, portraits and landscapes reveal a position between expressionism and New Objectivity. Franz Lerch particularly liked to paint metropolitan architecture.

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