Friday, October 02, 2015

Wilhelm Thöny

Wilhelm Thöny was born on February 10th 1888 in Graz, Austria. In 1908 he went to Munique to study at the academy of arts. After the war he lived in Munique together with his first wife, the American Hilma White, and his daughter Margit. From 1919 to 1922 he moved to Switzerland where he mainly painted religious themes and the cheerless „Buch der Träume“ (book of dreams), a omnibus volume of 100 graphic works. In 1923 passing Munique he went back to Graz. In 1931 he left Graz and travelled to Paris, which he had already visited in 1929. A lot of city views and portraits of the Parisian society originate from this period. In 1938 he left Paris and moved to New York, where he was afflicted with the emigration and isolation. In 1948 a fire destroyed most of the works which the artist kept at the store. On May 1st 1949 Thöny died in New York. LINK wilhelm thöny

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