Vienna, Franz Grabmayr in the ALBERTINA Museum

The painter of the elements

His paintings embody dynamism: Franz Grabmayr devoted himself to depicting water, fire, the sky and the earth. On May 17, the ALBERTINA Museum in Vienna opens a major solo exhibition of the artist, who died in 2015.

May 17, 2024
Franz Grabmayr, Sandgrube, 1969
ALBERTINA, Wien - Sammlung Batliner © Bildrecht, Wien 2024
Franz Grabmayr, Sandgrube, 1969, Öl auf Jute

The simple title Franz Grabmayr says it all: a painter who devoted himself to the elemental in a unique way. The nature-loving Austrian Franz Grabmayr (1927-2015) lived in seclusion in the Waldviertel region, where he explored nature artistically. From close up, his paintings look like abstract compositions; viewed from a distance, they are reminiscent of landscape paintings. Grabmayr's motifs are water, fire, earth and the sky (air) – for centuries, people considered these to be the elements that make up everything earthly, including man himself. »Colour, dynamics, the power of the living – these are the means of my pictorial design«, Grabmayr explained his position, which is characterized by the impasto application of paint: his paintings often weigh up to 60 kg. The ALBERTINA Museum in Vienna is now dedicating a large solo exhibition to the painter, which will also include prints by the artist. Franz Grabmayr runs from May 17 to October 13.

Grabmayr initially worked as a secondary school teacher before turning his full attention to painting in the early 1960s. His »Mobile Workshop« was a particular focus: he painted on a trailer driven by a tractor around a motif, such as a large fire. Grabmayr wanted to capture the power and indomitable nature of fire in a way that would not have been possible in a quiet studio with a fine brush. The last decade of Grabmayr's life was marked by illness and operations. Three years before his death, he created his final works of art with the dance sheets.Art.Salon

Recent auction results of Franz Grabmayr

Franz Grabmayr - Ohne Titel (Tanzbild)
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Zeitgenössische Kunst
December 2017
Karl & Faber
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 2.375 EUR
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Franz Grabmayr - Ohne Titel
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Zeitgenössische Kunst
December 2017
Karl & Faber
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 17.500 EUR
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Franz Grabmayr - Ohne Titel (Landschaft)
Auction
Zeitgenössische Kunst
December 2017
Karl & Faber
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 11.250 EUR
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Franz Grabmayr - Ohne Titel
Auction
Zeitgenössische Kunst
December 2017
Karl & Faber
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 16.250 EUR
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Franz Grabmayr - Ohne Titel.
Auction
Auktionen 215-221 - Zeitgenössische Kunst
November 2013
Grisebach
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 28.750 EUR
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Franz Grabmayr - 198 Feuerbild G57. 1987.
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PostWar & Contemporary
June 2008
Koller
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 CHF
Realised: 14.400 CHF
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