Over the past decade I've had a few artists that were major sources of inspiration or admiration: Jacek Yerka, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Stephen Doitschinoff, and Ivan Bilibin. These artists have influenced me in various ways, both consciously and subconsciously, I'm sure. My current fascination, however, is with a Viennese master: Ernst Fuchs.
|Like any proper hero, this one has a sword.|
I've since bought that book (which was, at $125, the most I've ever spent on a single volume) and one other. The latter having been signed, to me, by the man himself. In Vienna.
While on vacation in Vienna last December, my girlfriend, her father, and I made a trip to the outskirts of Vienna to the Ernst Fuchs museum (website). I'd never been to a more impressive museum. The building itself is an architectural treasure designed by Otto Wagner and also serves as Fuch's personal residence. The three of us had the place to ourselves on a cold, rainy December 22nd.
|Fuch's artistry and meticulous attention to detail can be seen everywhere|
|wallpaper and furniture, all designed by the artist|
|"Daedalus/Perseus and the Nymph" - a current favorite, despite titular inconsistencies|
|He definitely seems to be an ass-man. Respect.|