Hans Staudacher


Hans Staudacher first sees the light of the world in St Urban on Lake Ossiach on 14th January 1923. Having spent his childhood in humble circumstances, Staudacher teaches himself to draw and paint landscape watercolours and portraits at a very early age. In 1950 he moves to Vienna and occupies himself with the works of Alfred Kubin, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. He joins the Viennese Secession and participates in their exhibitions. Before long, smallish grey-black works are replaced in Vienna by larger colour paintings in which the individual sign language of the Informel can be clearly seen. In 1951 the first Tachisme synthetic resin works appear. In the course of his numerous visits to Paris between 1954 and 1962 Staudacher comes to grips with the work of George Matthieu and Letterism, the connection between painting and script. These influences and observations are to impact his entire work from this time on. In 1956 Staudacher represents Austria with 8 works at the 28th Biennale in Venice. From the beginning of the 1960s he consistently develops an abstract style with the spontaneous gesture as the central theme. Staudacher is made Professor in 1976. The artist is seen as an important representative of gestural painting since the post-war era. In Staudacher’s work the lyrical Informel links up with abstract expressionism to create a unique and very personal style that is unparalleled in Austria.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7 p.m.
in the Gaudens Pedit Gallery, 9900 Lienz, Brennerleweg 1
Michaela Monschein (ORF) will be giving a talk on Hans Staudacher.

  • Hans Staudacher, Gelbes (Yellow), 1985, Oil on Canvas, 120 x 100 cm