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Grabmayr, Franz

Franz Grabmayr Tanzbild/Akt

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1927 Pfaffenberg/Carinthia – 2015 Vienna

Title
“Female Nude”
signed
verso estate attestation
Technique
oil on canvas
Measurements
78 ¾×57 in

Originally from Pfaffenberg in Carinthia, the painter Franz Grabmayr studied from 1954 to 1964 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Robin Christian Andersen and Herbert Boeckl. Grabmayr’s favorite way to spend his summer months was in the Lower Austrian Waldviertel district – at first in the then-empty Rosenau Castle and later on at a farmhouse near the town of Zwettl. Here he created pastose landscape paintings, inspired by impressions of nature, such as an abandoned sandpit, charred roots and rocks in the bed of the river Kamp.
In winter, Grabmayr worked in his Vienna atelier, where he devoted himself primarily in painting nudes and women dancing. Several of the paintings of dancers also came about in the summertime Waldviertel – painted en plein air at night in his mobile workshop, a tractor trailer that drove him in circles around the nude models dancing in front of blazing campfires. Using dynamic, swift brush strokes, Grabmayr created nudes in oil that, although almost sketch-like in their presentation, were masterfully composed in their execution. This standing nude in powerful, vital colors on a light background is not only a painted depiction of the model – the relief-like pigment enters the three-dimensional space and, thanks to the dramatic composition of light and shadows on the pastose surface, takes on an almost sculptural appearance.

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