I am so inspired today after going to Ernst Fuch’s house which is now a museum. Fuch’s, often referred to as the father of visionary art was born in 1930 in Vienna and coined the painting style “Fantastic Realism.” he’s been a prolific painter all his life and still lives in Vienna today. We took a train and a bus to the 14th District and as we walked up to his house a voluptuous goddess with a golden headdress greeted us.
I was silently freaking out (in the best kind of way), as I walked up the pale blue steps of his house, a beautiful art nouveau building from the late 1800’s, built by Otto Wagner. Fuch’s art is incredible, so vivid and full of life and there are many reasons why climbing these stairs was exciting for me. I have always wanted to make a home into an art piece, to create a world, like Niki de St. Phalle’s Tarot garden in Tuscany. Walking up those steps was like walking into the mind and world of Ernst Fuchs and I was so excited for what would be inside.
I started in the living room. Rich, colorful light filtered in from the stained glass and Ernst Fuch’s epic painting “The Transfiguration of the Resurrected” graced the front of the room.
This wood inlayed piece of furniture impressed me so much. I wish you could see the impeccable detail of it. Everything, down to the lines of the face were so finely done that I had to sit on the floor and stare at it in wonder.
The house is filled with Ernst’s original paintings. As I passed from masterpiece to masterpiece I became increasingly in awe and more and more inspired. My view of my own painting was suddenly reduced to a meager seed.
One of the things that inspires me about Fuch’s work is the fine-ness of his lines and the obvious time and labor his paintings clearly took. All of these hatch-marks are nearly hair thin and he painted layer after layer of them, building up rich, multi faceted colors for his figures and objects.
Next door was the Omega Pumphouse, which Fuch’s designed in the 80’s.
This jewel box was one of my favorite parts of visiting the museum.
And then there was this statue.
Go see it for yourself if you can. It’s 11 Euro for general admission and 6 for students. More info about the museum