Artist biography

Georg Ehrlich 1897-1966

Austrian-born sculptor, draughtsman and etcher. His bronzes are mainly tender studies of adolescents or animals, though he also made a number of portrait busts and reliefs. Born in Vienna. Studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts under the architect Strnad, 1912-15. Served in the Austrian Army during the First World War. First made his name as a draughtsman and engraver; only began to make sculpture in 1926. First one-man exhibition (of prints) at the Galerie Hans Goltz, Neue Kunst, Munich, 1920. Lived 1919-21 in Munich, 1921-3 in Berlin, then until 1937 in Vienna. Sculpture included in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1932, 1934, 1936 and again 1958. Married Bettina Bauer, painter, 1930. Came to London as a refugee in 1937 and took British nationality. Awarded the Sculpture Prize of the City of Vienna 1961; elected ARA 1962. Already gravely ill, lived from 1963 in Italy and Austria, and died in Lucerne.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.200