Albert Paris Gütersloh

Vienna 1887 - 1973 Baden

Albert Paris Gütersloh was born in Vienna in 1887 as Albert Conrad Kiehtreiber. After an early career start as an actor, which included working under Max Reinhardt at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, he left the stage for health reasons and initially devoted himself to writing instead. While working as a correspondent in Paris in 1912 he became the student of the painter Maurice Denis. After the war Albert Paris Gütersloh was quick to find acceptance in the Klimt Group, and his pictures were presented to the public for the first time in a collective exhibition at the Vienna Secession in the spring of 1918. Gütersloh lived in Munich between 1919 and 1921. He was also a professor at the School for Applied Arts in Vienna from 1929 to 1938. He was appointed professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1945 and became its rector in 1953. As the teacher of Arik Brauer, Ernst Fuchs, Wolfgang Hutter and Anton Lehmden, Albert Paris Gütersloh can be seen as the intellectual father of the Viennese school of fantastic realism. His many facetted painterly œuvre includes still-lives, portraits, landscapes, sardonic small-scale watercolours, and designs for tapestries. Albert Paris Gütersloh died in Baden near Vienna in 1973.