(Wiener Neustadt 1874 – 1952 Vienna)


Carl Fahringer studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, where his teachers were Siegmund L’Allemand and August Eisenmenger, and at the Academy of Munich, where his teacher was Carl von Marr. Because of his several study trips and his job as a war artist during World War I. Carl Fahringer travelled to many different countries -  he was in Russia, Italy, Egypt, Greece, the Netherlands, Montenegro and the Balkan states. Many of his numerous paintings show details of the war, mainly in mountain sceneries, but his best known pictures for which he is famous are his animal paintings. He had a preference for exotic wild animals which he not only painted on his trips but also at the Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the oldest zoo in the world.

While in his younger years he was influenced by the realistic painting of the Münchner Schule (school of Munich) and the aesthetics of the late 19th century, he later gained an individual impressionism.

Carl Fahringer was a member of the Hagenbund from 1903 to 1906 and from 1907 a member of the Künstlerhaus. From 1929 to 1945 he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, from 1938 until 1939 as the head of a master class for painting and from 1939 until 1945 as the head of the master class for animal painting. Carl Fahringer's work was awarded several times, he got the Kleine Goldene Staatsmedaille, the Drasche-Price and the Albert Freiherr von Rothschild-Price in 1911, the Dumpa-Price in 1913, a second time the Drasche-Price in 1916, the Reichel-Price and the Staatspreis in 1925, the Große Goldene Ehrenmedaille in 1926, the Jubilee Price of the Künstlerhaus in 1928 and in 1944 the Goldene Ehrenmedaille.

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