The Linzer artist, Fritz Fröhlich always understood art as a kind of mirror. A mirror which he used to look at himself and we should use to look at ourselves, using a certain degree of irony. Nothing in his pictures is owed to chance, everything has been provided with meaning, but not necessarily with importance.
Fritz Fröhlich, who was born in Linz in 1910, left an extensive work, which focuses, around the areas of graphics, collage, sculpture, and so-called peep. His works have been exhibited over the years all over the globe, where all his life deprived of a concrete artistic categorization. Fritz Fröhlich died on 19 November 2001 in Linz.
With the acquisition of an extensive collection of various works from the oeuvre of this internationally much-prized and awarded 3 Austrian State Prizes artist in our portfolio, we follow our great passion for the visual arts of the past 200 years. We see a collection of Fritz Fröhlich’s work which ranges from pastels collages and watercolors, to its famous peek-a-booths and some of his rare bronze sculptures.
The importance and the great significance of the Linzer painter for Upper Austrian art in the 20th century is shown once again when taking a closer look at the character of his work: all the essential artistic conditions of the 20th century are expressed in his oeuvre: the irony of a Pieter Bruegel to the formally free inventions of Picasso.
Fröhlich was born on 13 May 1910 in Linz. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Professors Wilhelm Dachauer and Ferdinand Andri. In the course of the exhibition "Austrian art of the present" in the former southern railway hall in Linz, he received the state prize in 1937.
Determined by his studies at the Academy in Vienna, he combined tendencies of the New Objectivity with features of a time-immature homeland style in the 1930s. Fröhlich discovered for himself the analytical cubism, which is coupled with figuration and narrative. It is noticeable that Picasso influenced his works. Due to a fire in his studio in Dürnberg near Ottensheim large parts of the youth work - with the exception of some outsourced works - were destroyed.
His travels led him to Italy and Spain. Fritz Fröhlich received numerous prizes and awards; Including the Alfred Kubin Prize of the State of Upper Austria, as well as the professor title in 1958. His further work centers were grouped into the graphic arts, the collage, the sculptures, and the so-called peek-a-booths.
Impressive frescoes can be found in public places, such as the Linzer Landestheater "Mythos von Orpheus", Engelszell Abbey, "The Nine Angels", and Wilhering Abbey Vienna, Tokyo, Bombay, Amsterdam, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, and Toronto. Fritz Fröhlich died on 19 November 2001 in Linz.