Georg Ehrlich

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Georg Ehrlich
Georg Ehrlich.jpg
Born22 February 1897
Died1 July 1966
Lucerne, Switzerland
British from 1947
EducationKunstgewerbeschule of Vienna
Known forsculpture
Spouse(s)Bettina Ehrlich née Bauer
ElectedARA 1962[1]

Georg Ehrlich ARA (22 February 1897 – 1 July 1966) was an Austrian sculptor. He lived in London from 1938 and became a British citizen in 1947.

The Young Lovers, in the gardens of St Paul's Cathedral


Ehrlich was born in Vienna. From 1912 until 1915 he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, or school of arts and crafts, of Vienna,[2] under the architect Oskar Strnad.[1]:200

During the First World War he was called up and served in the Austrian Army 1915–1918.[1] After the war he worked in lithography and etching. Because of the post-War economic depression in Austria he moved to Munich (1919–21) and then to Berlin (1921–23). He returned to Vienna in 1924, and his interest turned almost exclusively to sculpture.[3]

On 27 November 1930 he married the artist Bettina Bauer,[3] who like him, was Jewish. After the Nazi Anschluss in March 1938 it was too dangerous for them to be in Austria. He stayed in London, where he was at the time; his wife joined him there in July 1938, bringing many of his works.[3] He became a British citizen in 1947.[3] He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1962.[1]

From 1951 Ehrlich suffered from heart problems. He moved to Italy in 1963, and then to Switzerland. He died in Lucerne on 1 July 1966 and was buried in Vienna.[3]


Ehrlich exhibited in the Royal Academy ten times, including one posthumous exhibition in 1967. Other exhibitions include:

  • ”Neue Kunst”, Galerie Hans Goltz, Munich, 1920
  • Venice Biennale, (Austrian pavilion), 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1958
  • Paris World Exposition, 1937 (gold medal)
  • Matthiesen Gallery, London, 1939
  • Sculpture in the Home, Arts Council Exhibition, 1946
  • Leicester Galleries, 1950
  • Royal Scottish Academy, 125th exhibition, 1951
  • Aldeburgh Festival, 1964


Ehrlich has works in the Tate Gallery, British Arts Council, British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. His work The Young Lovers stands in St Paul's Cathedral garden, in London. Other works include:


  1. ^ a b c d Ronald Alley (1981). Georg Ehrlich 1897–1966; in Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists. London: Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet. Available at Artist biography: Georg Ehrlich 1897–1966. London: Tate. Accessed August 2015.
  2. ^ "Georg Ehrlich". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain & Ireland 1851–1951. University of Glasgow ( Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Douglas Hall (2004). Ehrlich, Georg (1897–1966) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/60541 (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Georg Ehrlich (1897–1966). National Portrait Gallery, London. Accessed August 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors, 1826–1990, Volume 2 E–K

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