Joseph Floch

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Joseph Floch was born in Vienna, Austria on November 5th, 1895; He died in 1977.

 

 

From 1913 to 1919 Joseph Floch studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Among others, Franz Rumpler was his teacher. He served in the war in 1916 and 1917. From 1922 to 1938 he was a member of the "Hagenbund" and went on several trips to Munich, the south of France and Spain. In 1926 he moved to Paris where he found a patron in the art dealer B. Weill. Floch exhibited in the "Salon des Tuileries" and the "Salon d'Automne". In 1941 he immigrated to New York and became an American citizen in 1951. In 1962 Joseph Floch joined the New School of Research. During his lifetime he participated in numerous exhibitions and received several prizes and tributes. The painter focused on landscape and figure painting. He mainly concentrated on monumental compositions with people, often nudes, in simple positions leaving an impression of timelessness, calm and harmony created with subdued colors.

 

Although Floch enjoyed some success early in his career in Vienna, his wish to leave his homeland became ever greater in the years following the First World War. In his diary, which is published here for the first time, Floch noted, full of bitterness, 'Vienna is the city of music, painting takes second place.' In 1918 Floch travelled to Munich, where he saw pictures by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Hans von Marées for the first at the Pinakotek, which left a deep impression on the young artist - and subsequently on his understanding of art. From then on, he was fascinated by the art of others and, restless, he undertook journeys to the Netherlands, Dalmatia and Italy, although, above all, to Trieste, where relatives of his lived; in 1923 he travelled to Palestine for a period of six months. Floch made important contacts in Vienna at this time with fellow artists and collectors, particularly the art critics, Erika and Hans Tietze. Although Floch's pictures were sufficiently good to be exhibited at the Viennese Secession, he joined the conservative artist society, the Hagenbund in 1919, becoming one of their best-known members until the society was dissolved in 1938.

 

Exhibited: Paris Salon, 1937 (medal); PAFA, 1944 (Lippincott prize), 1948-53, 1958-66; WMAA, 1945, 1947; Washington County MFA, 1945; TMA, 1942; CGA, 1945-57; AIC, 1943; CI, 1943-45; int. shows in Bordeaux, 1927, Paris, 1937; New York World's Fair, 1939, 1966; M. H. De Young Mus., San Francisco, 1964 (retrospective); Assoc. Am. Artists; Belvedere Mus., Vienna, 1972 (retrospective); Forum Gallery, NYC, 1970s. Other awards: Brevoort-Eickmeyer Prize, Columbia Univ., 1955; Chevalier, Fraternal Order of Arts & Letters, 1962.

 

His work is in many museums in the United States, France, Austria and Israel.