Artist biography

Herbert GURSCHNER b. 1901

Painter of portraits, genre and religious subjects, designer for the theatre and maker of woodcuts. Born 27 August 1901 in Innsbruck, of a family of sculptors. Studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Innsbruck, in Vienna, and for four years at the Munich Academy under Franz von Stuck. Travelled in Italy and Spain. Was influenced by Hodler and Egger Lienz, from whom he had private instruction. First one-man exhibition at the Fine Art Society 1929. Exhibited at the Venice Biennale 1930; also in Austria, Germany, France and the U.S.A. Settled in England 1932. Served in the British Army 1940–5 and became a naturalized British subject 1946. Designed the décor for The Brothers Karamazov, The Eagle has Two Heads, etc.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I