Fritz Aigner

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Fritz Aigner (July 13, 1930 – January 9, 2005) was an Austrian graphic artist and painter.


Aigner studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1947 to 1952. In 1952 he won an Austrian state fine arts prize for his artwork Die Klage des verlorgenen Sohnes. He worked later as an artist in Spain, Ireland, London and his hometown, Linz.

Aigner's work was overtly influenced by that of Rembrandt, notably in his oil painting Rembrandts Trick mit dem Licht. He was nicknamed "the Rembrandt of Linz". His artwork often featured dark, acherontic and apocalyptic scenes with allusions to society and well-known society figures.

After his death an Austrian journalist described Aigner as "an artist who dealt with the conflict areas eros and religion and between surrealism, realism and fantastic realism. Even allusions to the border of caricature can be found in his work."[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

  • Amerikaner
  • Sauregurkenzeit
  • Kannibalismus an einem Dichter
  • Selbstporträt mit doppelten Augen
  • Zachers Requiem für Oskar Schimonek


The Nordico Museum in Linz, Aigner's hometown, scheduled an exhibition of his work for the period September 29 2008 to January 11 2009.[1]