|On 30 October 2003, the Viennese painter Leopold Birstinger would have celebrated his hundredth birthday. To honour him, the Leopold Museum is showing a wide-ranging retrospective with the title Leopolid Birtstinger. Against the tide. A retrospective on the occasion of the artist's centenary" from 31 October 2003 to 1 February 2004, including 141 works, 75 paintings and 66 works on paper.|
Birstinger's work marks him as an artist committed to a synthesis of the various stylistic possibilities that had opened up in the era after classical Leopold Birstinger modern art. This tendency may well have led to the rather jocular sounding "style cocktail" concocted in a dictionary of artists to characterise Birstinger's art.
During the period of National Socialism, Birstinger remained remote from the official art scene. From around 1943 onwards, he wove Fauvist aspects into his work; the colours became brighter and continued to gain in intensity right through to his late work. Only in 1948 was he able to present his works in his first solo exhibition in Vienna - but it was not a success.
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