|Death Date: November 9, 2015
|Ernst Fuchs is an Austrian painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, architect, stage designer, composer, poet and singer.
Fuchs studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1945 where with the help of Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter and Anton Lehmden founded the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
Between 1950 and 1961, Fuchs lived mostly in Paris and made a number of journeys to the United States and Israel. He studied the symbolism of the alchemists and read Jung’s “Alchemy and Psychology”. In 1958 he founded the Galerie Fuchs-Fischoff in Vienna to promote and support the younger painters of the Fantastic Realism School. In 1956 he converted to Roman Catholicism (his mother had him baptized during the war in order to save him from being sent to a concentration camp). In 1957 he entered the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion where he began work on his monumental Last Supper and devoted himself to producing small sized paintings on religious themes.
Fuchs returned to Vienna in 1961 and had a vision of what he called the Hidden Prime of Styles, the theory of which he set forth in his inspired and grandiose book “Architectura Caelestis: Die Bilder des verschollenen Still” (Salzburg, 1966.) He also produced several important cycles of prints, such as” Unicorn”, “Samson”, “Esther” and “Sphinx”.
Throughout this time Ernst Fuchs had 16 children from 7 women.