Fantastic Realism

   A style of Austrian painting produced by artists who grew up between the two world wars of the 20th century. The term was coined by a Vienna art critic in 1956. The style, which became prominent not only in Austria but also in other world art markets after 1951, combined technical virtuosity and faithfulness to traditional forms with the imaginative insights of Surrealism. The inspiration for Fantastic Realism came from the painter Albert Paris Gütersloh (pseud. Albert Conrad Kiehtreiber) (1887–1973), a one-time professor at the Vienna Academy for Visual Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste). Representative members of the school are Ernst Fuchs (1930–), Erich Brauer (1929–), Anton Lehmden (1929–), Rudolf Hausner (1914–1995), Wolfgang Hutter (1928–), and especially Fritz Janschka (1919–), who spent much of his career in the United States at Bryn Mawr College.

Historical dictionary of Austria. . 2014.

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