Georg Eisler


Georg Eisler’s topics always circled around human beings: masses of people in juxtaposition to individual persons (in the form of portraits). His approach was to watch everyday people in their day-to-day activities. He showed people in their anonymity, which emerges especially when they are in a crowd, or trapped in their isolation in scenes at coffee shops, street cars, lanes, railway platforms, underground stations, variety theaters or jazz clubs. In fact, these are documentaries taking stock of situations, almost like in a chronicle.

Eisler’s expressive and realistic style, as well as the subtle shades of his colors bring out the events shown in his paintings or graphic works, which he produces in series or which can be put together to form series. Motion vs. standstill, light vs. dark, focused vs. vague – these are the catchwords that make up and characterize the work of this artist, who died in 1998.

1928              Born in Vienna on 20 April as the son of Hanns Eisler, the composer, and Charlotte Eisler, the singer

1936 Emigrated with his mother, first to Moscow and Prague, later continued the journey to England. Studied art at the Stockport School of Art and at Manchester Academy

1944              Met Oskar Kokoschka in London, who became his teacher

1946              Returned to Vienna, attended evening course (nude painting) with Herbert Boeckl at the Academy of Fine Arts for several years

1961              Stage design and costumes for Otto Klemperer’s production of “The Magic Flute” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

1966              Married Dr. Alice Gerson

1968 – 1972   President of the Wiener Secession. In this capacity he initiated many exhibitions, among others he was curator and organizer of the exhibition “Vienna Secession” at the Royal Academy, London

1970              First teaching appointment at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna (until 1976)

1972              Spent several months studying in Rome to study at the Institute of Austrian Culture

1973              Stage design and costumes for “Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind” (King of the Alps and Misanthropist) by Ferdinand Raimund (directed by Heinrich Schnitzler) at the Schauspielhaus Graz

1976              First trip to the USA, lectured at the German Semester, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1977              Designed two large-format paintings for the Residential Park Alt-Erlaa

1979 – 1991   Taught repeatedly at the German Summer School, University of New Mexico, USA

1981 Began to head the classes for painting and drawing at the Salzburg Summer Academy (until 1996) Lectured at Stanford University, California

1982              Guest of the artists program of the Daad in Berlin

1987              Guest professorship at the Arts University, Berlin

1990/1991  Guest professor at the Arts University, Hamburg ; Taught at “Pentiment”, Hamburg

1995              Curator of the exhibition “Elements – Austrian Painting since 1980”, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

1998              Died in Vienna on 15 January


1946              “Bilder, Zeichnungen & Radierungen” (Paintings, Drawings & Etchings), The International Club

1947              Manchester, United Kingdom

1958              Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna

1959              Galerie Landveer, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1960              Galerie Wolfgang Gurlitt, Munich, Germany

1962              Galerie Würthle, Vienna; Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK

1966              Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt, Germany

1967              “Gemälde” (Portraits), Galerie Welz, Salzburg, Austria

1969              Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

1970              “Georg Eisler”, Secession, Vienna, Austria

1972              “Georg Eisler”, Landesgalerie im Schloß Esterhazy, Eisenstadt, Austria

1973              “Rom – Ergebnisse eines Aufenthalts” (Rome – Results of a Stay), Galerie Gras, Vienna, Austria

1974              “Pastelle, Zeichnungen, Druckgraphik” (Pastel Drawings, Drawings, Graphic Works), Kunstamt Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany

1975 Galerie Fischinger Stuttgart, “Pastelle” (Pastel Drawings), Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria

“Georg Eisler”, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

1976              “Zeichnungen, Aquarelle und Pastelle” (Drawings, Water Colors and Pastel Drawings), Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna, Austria

1977              “Wiener Aktzeichnungen” (Viennese Nude Drawings), Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria

1978              “Malerei aus 30 Jahren” (Paintings from Three Decades), Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria

1979              “Bilder aus Wien und anderen Städten” (Pictures of Vienna and Other Towns), Municipal Collection of Biberach an der Riß, Germany

1980              Galleria Trifalco, Rome; “Amerika”, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria

1982              Participated in the Biennale in Venice; “Isaac B. Singer’s New York and Other Works on Paper”, Austrian Institute, New York, USA; “Malerei & Zeichnungen” (Paintings & Drawings), Museum Laren, Laren, Netherlands

1983              “Berlin – Protokoll, Bilder & Zeichnungen” (Berlin – Minutes, Paintings & Drawings), Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria; “Works on Paper”, International Monetary Fund Art Society, Washington D.C., USA; “Works on Paper”, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh, UK

1984              “Zeichnungen aus vier Jahrzehnten” (Drawings from Four Decades), Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria

1985             “The View from Vienna, Arbeiten auf Papier” (Works on Paper), Thompson Gallery, University of Mexico, Albuquerque, USA; “Georg Eisler”, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria; “Malerei & Zeichnungen” (Paintings & Drawings), Neue Berliner Galerie am alten Museum, Berlin

1986              Retrospektive, Kunstverein Mannheim, Germany

1986              “Malerei, Pastelle, Zeichnungen” (Paintings, Pastel Drawings, Drawings), Galerie am Chamissoplatz, Berlin

1987              “Landschaft des Exils and andere Bilder” (Landscapes of Exile and Other Pictures), Galerie Hilger, Vienna & Frankfurt (1988)

1988              “People, Places and Politics”, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; “Zeichnungen und Aquarelle” (Drawings and Water colors), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; “Landschaft des Exils und andere Bilder” (Landscapes of Exile and Other Pictures), Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; “Arbeiten für Bücher” (Works for books), Secession, Graphisches Kabinett, Vienna, Austria

1989              Galerie Vita, Berne, Switzerland; “People, Places and Politics”, Fischer Fine Art, London, UK; Vis-á-vis, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria

1990              “Ein Bad in der Menge, Ölbilder und Zeichnungen” (Pressing the Flesh, Oil Paintings and Drawings), Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria; “Landschaft des Exils” (Landscapes of Exile), Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria

1991              “Das plastische Werk” (Sculptures), Galerie am Friedrichsplatz, Mannheim, Germany

1992              “Worksong New York and Jazz”, Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria; “Ölbilder von 1949 bis 1991 aus dem Sammlungsbesitz” (Oil Paintings from 1949 to 1991 Owned by Collection), Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria

1993              “Nachtstücke” (Night Pieces), Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria; “Malerei und Arbeiten auf Papier” (Paintings and Works on Paper), Galerie Kasten & Steinmetz, Mannheim, Germany

1995              “Jazz”, Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria

1996              “Jazz und andere Bilder” (Jazz and Other Pictures), Kunstverein Marburg, Germany

1997              “Bilder aus den Jahren 1943 – 1997” (Pictures from the Years 1943 to 1991), Austrian Gallery at the Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; “Neue Arbeiten” (New Works), Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria