Maximilian Lenz

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A World (1899).

Maximilian Lenz (4 October 1860, Vienna – 19 May 1948, Vienna) was an Austrian painter, graphic artist and sculptor. Lenz was a founding member of the Vienna Secession; during his career's most important period, he was a Symbolist, but later his work became increasingly naturalistic. He worked in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, lithography and metal reliefs.

Life[edit]

Copper relief from the Fourteenth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession (1902)

Lenz studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna under Carl Wurzinger and Christian Griepenkerl. A member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus spent the early 1890s in South America, designing banknotes in Buenos Aires.[1]

In 1897, Lenz left the Künstlerhaus to become a founding member of the Vienna Secession,[2] and his work for the group's first exhibition was hailed as "outstanding".[3] His 1899 painting, A World (Eine Welt, also translated as A Day Dream), draws on the time's prevailing currents, including dreamlike and fantastic imagery painted in intense colour.[4] It was shown at the Fourth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession in spring 1899,[5] and received critical praise for its "graceful charm and dreamy yet sparkling beauty"[6] and its mood of "pure grace and musical euphony".[7] The painting was also shown in winter 1911-12 with the Munich Secession.[8]

Having shown his picture On the Way to Wonderland at the Tenth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession in 1901[9] and the Thirteenth Exhibition in spring 1902,[10] at the Secession's Fourteenth Exhibition in the summer of that year (the 'Beethoven exhibition') he showed a number of reliefs in various metals, which were noted as beautiful and inventive.[11] Some of his copper panels were also shown at the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis.[12]

Summer Lust (1906)

However, a foray, together with various other Secession artists, into woodcuts for the Beethoven exhibition catalogue was panned as "rough" and more like the work of an amateur than an experienced painter, but was also found to be enthusiastic not totally without merit.[13]

With Gustav Klimt, Lenz visited Ravenna in the winter of 1903-04, where they saw and were influenced by the golden mosaics.[14] At the Twentieth Exhibition in 1904, Lenz's painting Iduna's Apples, was considered to be one of the highlights amongst the paintings shown, along with the works of Klimt and Rudolf von Alt. The large painting, similar in style to Aubrey Beardsley, created a "gorgeous" effect of gold and black: a black-haired woman sits in a lush landscape, wearing only a golden crown and sat on a golden cloak, holding Iduna's apple—also golden—in her hands.[15] Within the Secession, for the first decadeLenz was a Pre-Raphaelite influence; after 1910, his work showed more naturalism, and he moved away from the foreground after 1918.[1]

Art nouveau[edit]

A Song of Spring (1913).

Lenz served on the Secession's official committee in 1905[16] and again in 1906.[17] He also exhibited with the Secession in spring 1906, showing the Forest King and the Wailing Maiden;[18] in 1907;[19] in 1908 at the Twenty-Ninth Exhibition;[20] in 1909 and 1910, showing the playful painting Marionnetes;[21][22] in 1911, showing Concert;[23] in 1913;[24] and as part of a collective exhibition in 1941.[25]

His 1913 painting A Song of Spring was influenced by the dancer Isadora Duncan's 1904 stay in Vienna, sharing her symbolic themes of cyclic renewal and rebirth and featuring mediaeval costume. These ideas and a connection with dance are also prominent within Klimt's work, and the Symbolist movement as a whole.[26] Lenz also painted religious themes, including The Baptism of the Ethiopians.[27]

During World War I, Lenz created several posters advertising Austro-Hungarian war bonds.[28]

In 1926, he married Ida Kupelwieser (1870–1927), the daughter of the jurist Karl Kupelwieser.[29]

He left the Secession and rejoined the Künstlerhaus in 1938.[1]

Selected works[edit]

A 1917 poster advertising war bonds, designed by Lenz.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lenz, Maximilian". Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950. 5. 1970. pp. 139–140.
  2. ^ "Ordentliche Mitglieder" [Ordinary Members]. Ver Sacrum. 1: 28. 1898.
  3. ^ Wilhelm Schölermann (21 April 1898). "Die erste Ausstellung der "Vereinigung bildender Künstler Österreichs"". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 22: 355.
  4. ^ a b "A World". Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  5. ^ "Liste der verkauften Werke". Ver Sacrum. 6: 32. 1899.
  6. ^ "Studio-Talk". Studio: international art (76): 131–132. 1899.
  7. ^ Wilhelm Schölermann (27 April 1899). "Die Frühjahrs-Ausstellungen der Secession und des Künstlerhauses in Wien". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 23: 356.
  8. ^ Georg Jacob Wolf (15 March 1912). "Winterausstellung der Münchener Secession". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 12: 274.
  9. ^ "Liste der verkauften Werke". Ver Sacrum. 12: 209–210. 1901.
  10. ^ B Zuckerkandl (1 April 1902). "Wiener Ausstellungen". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 13: 297–299.
  11. ^ Joseph August Lux (1902). "Klinger's Beethoven und die moderne Raum-Kunst". Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration: 480.
  12. ^ "Von Ausstellungen und Sammlungen". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 12: 286. 15 March 1904.
  13. ^ Karl Michael Kuzmany (1908). "Jüngere österreichische Graphiker, [2]: II. Holzschitt". Die Graphischen Künste: 73–74.
  14. ^ Günther Berger (2009). Relazioni. Peter Lang. p. 32. ISBN 9783631569221.
  15. ^ Ludwig Hevesi (29 April 1904). "Wiener Brief". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 23: 373–374.
  16. ^ "Vermischtes". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 24: 399. 19 May 1905.
  17. ^ "Vereine". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 26: 411. 25 May 1906.
  18. ^ Karl Michael Kuzmany (1907). "Die Frühjahr-Ausstellung der Wiener Secession". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 17: 398.
  19. ^ "Ausstellungen". Kunstchronik: Wochenschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe. 6: 90. 23 November 1906.
  20. ^ Arpad Weixlgärtner (1908). "Ausstellungen". Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für vervielfältigende Kunst. 2: 29.
  21. ^ Karl Michael Kuzmany. "Die Frühjahr-Ausstellung der Wiener Secession". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 17: 396.
  22. ^ Karl Michael Kuzmany (1 June 1910). "Die Frühjahr-Ausstellung der Wiener Secession". 17: 386.
  23. ^ Karl Michael Kuzmany (1 July 1911). "Die Frühjahrausstellungen der Wiener Secession und des Hagenbundes". 19: 436.
  24. ^ Josef Foinesics (15 June 1913). "Wiener Frühjahrausstellungen". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 18: 414.
  25. ^ "Anhang". Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur. 1: r. 1 October 1941.
  26. ^ a b "Frühlingsreigen or A Song of Spring". Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  27. ^ Hugo Haberfeld (1906). "Religiöse Kunst in der Wiener Secession". Kunst und Künstler: illustrierte Monatsschrift für bildende Kunst und Kunstgewerbe: 169.
  28. ^ "Subscribe to the 8th War Loan". World Digital Library. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  29. ^ Hannes Stekl (2000). Bürgerliche Familien: Lebenswege im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Böhlau Verlag Wien. p. 73. ISBN 9783205989417.
  30. ^ "Spring". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  31. ^ "Woman in White Beneath a Fruited Tree". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  32. ^ "Woman in Yellow Beneath a Bare-branched Tree". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  33. ^ "The Artis's Studio". Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  34. ^ "Maximilian Lenz, 198th Auction - "Valuables"". im Kinsky. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  35. ^ "Spring". National Museum Wales. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
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