Fritz Wotruba (1907 – 1975)

Fritz Wotruba was born on 23rd of April 1907 in Vienna
As the youngest of eight children. He is considered as one of the most significant Austrian sculptors of the 20th century. Many of his statues are exhibited in parks in Vienna. His father was a tailor’s assistant from Bohemia and his mother a servant girl from Hungary. As a trainee in the engraver and blanking atelier of Josef Schatin he made an apprenticeship between 1921 and 1925. Afterwards he attended free evening classes in life drawing at the Austrian Art School of the Museum of Applied Art and Industry in Vienna in 1926. In the fall semester of 1926 he began his studies for sculpting in the art school. Until the end of his studies 1928 he was a student of Anton Hanak. In Hanak´s course he met his future wife Marian Fleck, the daughter of a Jewish merchant form Düsseldorf. He married her at 27th of December 1929. After he lived from 1938 to 1945 in exile in Switzerland he worked as a professor for the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His greatest work was the planning of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Vienna which is named Wotruba Church, where he worked on until his death. Unfortunately he couldn’t experience the finishing of the church since he died unexpectedly in August 1975 in Vienna.

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