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Florian Jakowitsch in June 2015

Florian Jakowitsch (born April 22, 1923 in Wiener Neustadt ; † July 4, 2020 [1] ) was an Austrian painter , draftsman and glass artist .


Florian Jakowitsch was born as the youngest child of tool fitter Franz Josef Jakowitsch (1883–1953) and Theresia Jakowitsch (1890–1983), née Theiner, and was baptized on April 28, 1923 in the Neukloster Abbey . He attended elementary school from 1929 to 1933 and secondary school until 1938. When Austria was annexed to Hitler's Germany, from June to December 1938 he took part in a Marienberg country year camp in Unkel am Rhein, where instead of the hoped-for entry into a profession, he experienced pre-military drill. In January 1939 Jakowitsch received an apprenticeship as a metal aircraft maker at Plant II of the Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke . He also visited theVolkshochschule Wiener Neustadt a sculpture course with the painter Franz Erntl (1902–1990) and the painter and sculptor Hans Vonmetz (1905–1975). Both recommended him admission to the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna , which he passed in autumn 1940 with the subject of expulsion from paradise , with which he prematurely ended his apprenticeship as a metal aircraft maker. From October to November 1940 he worked as a volunteer with the sculptor Josef Panigl at the Meidlinger Friedhof in Vienna. Jakowitsch then studied for two semesters as an extraordinary student with the animal and landscape painter Carl Fahringer (1874–1952) and attended the evening act with Herbert Boeckl(1894-1966). Jakowitsch's sketchy child's head at the Academy's student exhibition was judged to be extremely decadent by the painter Karl Sterrer (1885–1972) . He finished his studies in June 1941. His teacher, Carl Fahringer, had to move to Greece as a war correspondent when he was 67. In the autumn of 1941 Jakowitsch was called up with his fellow student Fritz Riedl (1923–2012) to the Reich Labor Service in Rosenheim and later came to Westerwald and then to Karlsruhe. While reading Genie und Madness by Cesare Lombroso he developed a melancholy, was therefore written unsuitable and ultimately committed to a closed institution in Heidelberg. In the spring of 1942 he was transferred to a hospital room in Stuttgart, where he met the painter Anton Kolig (1886–1950) and from May 1942 was allowed to study with Kolig at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart . He attended the nude course with Hans Spiegel (1894–1966) and the graphics class with Hermann Mayrhofer (1901–1976), who introduced him to the teaching content of the art theorist Gustaf Britsch (1879–1923).


Altar of the parish church Herz Mariae in Wiener Neustadt with the glass window by Florian Jakowitsch
Altar of the parish church with the stained glass window in the parish church of Hochwolkersdorf


Awards (selection)


  • Franz Smola (ed.): Life and work. Florian Jakowitsch. Illustrated book, Landesverlag, St. Pölten 2003, ISBN 3-85214-779-4 .
  • Franz Smola (Ed.): Florian Jakowitsch - Akt. Nude drawing, illustrated book, Neumann, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-902462-04-6 .
  • Wolfgang Krug (Ed.): Florian Jakowitsch, in the back light. Works from the state collections of Lower Austria. For the exhibition Florian Jakowitsch - Man and Landscape from November 30, 2013 to February 23, 2014 in the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich in St. Pölten, Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz, Weitra 2013, ISBN 978-3-99028-289-2 .


Commons : Florian Jakowitsch - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mourning the artist Florian Jakowitsch. In: Kurier.at . July 6, 2020, accessed July 7, 2020 .
  2. Exhibition opening on June 15, 2015 ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) with City Councilor Franz Piribauer, Director of the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich Carl Aigner and Mayor Klaus Schneeberger
  3. a b c Jubilee Florian Jakowitsch: one of the last great artists of his time . Article dated May 3, 2018, accessed May 4, 2018.