Thursday, 31. July 2014
07. 05. 14. - 17:30
Austrian artist Maria Lassnig whose expressionist paintings and self-portraits were exhibited around the world has died yesterday in a hospital Vienna, aged 94.
Described as Austria's 'Grand Dame' of painting, Lassnig's art often had dark undertones, featuring twisted figures and abstract themes, many of which were self-portraits. In her later years her artwork continued to look into darker emotional and mental themes, with one painting depicting the artist with a gun pointing to her head and a second to the viewer of the painting. It is entitled 'You or Me'.
Born in Carinthia in 1919, Lassnig studied in Vienna until after the Second World War, after which she discovered abstract expressionism and was part of a group of Austrian artists influenced by this style including Arnulf Rainer and Ernst Fuchs. She then later travelled and worked in Paris and New York before returning to settle in Austria again in the 1980s.
Throughout this time she stayed committed to abstract expressionist and her theme of 'body awareness' that began in the late 1940s, despite sometimes facing opposition and dislike of her style from those around her.
"They wouldn’t even show my work, said it was trash. And my upstairs neighbour in the loft said to me: you just can’t paint," she said about the reception of New York to her paintings when she first moved there.
Over the years however, her paintings have been exhibited in some of the world's major art galleries including the Serpentine in London and New York's Museum of Modern Art, where there is currently an exhibit of her self-portraits on show.
A museum in Graz that had close contact with Lassnig confirmed the death with Austrian media yesterday. She is not survived by anyone.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party
Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.
Sausage Surprise As Giant Wurst Is Pinched
Austrian police are hunting crooks who broke open a market stall and stole a 1.5 metre sausage worth over 2,000 EUR in the picture postcard village of St Michael in the region of Lungau.
Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation.
Priests Furious After Porn Films Shot In Local Parish Church
A furious Austrian Catholic priest has complained to police after discovering a local woman had apparently been using his church as a studio to make porn films.
Two metre snake sends woman motorist fleeing
An Austrian motorist got a shock after noticing something hanging down from under her car – and realising it was a huge two metre snake that had ended up curled around the engine.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Priest Claims Hate Texts Are From Demon Spirit|
|Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong|
|Ice Tea Worth 20K Stolen And Emptied So Bottles Can Be Sold For 11 GBP|
|Graffiti Artists Asked To Finish Off Vandalism Too Costly To Remove|
|Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.