Arthur Strasser
Adelsberg 1854 - Vienna 1927
Signed and dated: A. Strasser 1880 / Paris
PORTRAIT OF A MOOR
Painted terracotta - 55 x 48 x 24 cm.

Further information

 

Arthur Strasser was an Austrian artist, who is mostly recognized for his naturalistic sculptures. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art, between 1871 and 1875, and during his apprenticeship, he developed a special interest into sculpture. A talented student, he obtained a scholarship and was able to continue his studies in Paris in the 1880s. 

 

Returned to Vienna in 1883, he took part in many art shows and quickly gained celebrity, as his work in the naturalistic style was highly appreciated. In 1893 he received the Imperial Prize, and later, in 1896, the Great Golden State Medal.

 

He designed some objects for the "Goldscheider'sche Porzellanmanufaktur and Majolika factory", founded by Friedrich Goldscheider in 1885, which enjoyed an excellent reputation and was able to carry out the technically sophisticated works of the artist.

 

Fascinated by the orientalist art works realized by his friend Charles Wilda, in 1892, they leaved together to Egypt. The journey proved to be a formidable inspiration, for both his painting and his sculpture. More and more Oriental motifs started to appear in his works, focusing on the representation of typical country-people, in their traditional Arab clothes, captured while performing their daily tasks. His small sculptures became quite popular, and Strasser successfully met the prevailing taste of the Viennese buyers for Orientalism.

 

His works point to a sensitive observation, which is reflected in the fine material execution, as well as in a very critical confrontation with the chosen themes, and his ideas about naturalistic sculpture were a real advantage in securing the appointment as sculpture professor at the Vienna School of Applied Arts in 1899, a position he retained until 1919.

 

Here, he created the bronze statuary of Marc Antony for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris.

 

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