Max Hirschauer was born on March 2, 1885 in Schärding. He attended the Munich Academy under Professor Hugo von Habermann. As a founding member of the Innviertler Künstlergilde with Alfred Kubin and Margret pilgrims, he provided valuable artistic education in the Innviertel. As landscape and portrait painter, he did not fit in the euphoric optimism of the post-war years, it was not possible for him to establish himself in the environment according to the contemporary art.
His impressionist nudes were based on the example of his teacher, Hugo Freiherr von Habermann, a style he refined virtuosity. From his portraits flows oppressive heaviness. The people shown are those who still have a long way to go, because they are too attached to the present. He was a member of the Artists' Association "March" –Linz and exhibited in the Künstlerhaus Wien 1931. The Landesmuseum Linz, secures a relief of Hirschauer. Max Hirschauer died on the 28th of November 1955 in Schärding.