(Misselsdorf in Styria 1899 - 1971 Vienna)


Lois Pregartbauer studied art only for a few years, at first at the Academy of Fine Arts, after that at the Technische Hochschule and the Kunstgewerbeschule ("school of arts and crafts"). As a painter he was more or less an autodidact. He made several study-trips to the Wachau with his artist-collegues Ferdinand Andri and Franz Xaver Wolf. At his regular occupation he worked in the technical service of the Wiener Verkehrsbetriebe (the public transport company) from 1913 bis 1950 and was a soldier in both World Wars.


From 1931 titl 1938 Alois Pregartbauer was a member of the artistgroup Hagenbund, after that he became a member of the Künstlerhaus and after the war of the Vienna Secession, where he became its president in 1957. In 1937 he was awarded with the Österreichische Staatspreis and won the International Poster Exhibition in Philadelphia, in 1964 he got the Gold Medal of the Künstlerhaus. In 1937 he was one of the cofounders of the art magazin "Plan", which was forbidden during World War II.


The work of Alois Pregartbauer ist figurativ and not abstract. His style varies from New Realism to Constructivism. He painted mainly religious scenes, landscapes and city views but also worked as a graphic artist as which he designed posters, book covers and wall paintings for public buildings. He is famous for his masterly pastel-paintings. Lois Pregartbauer exhibited in a number of national and international exhibitions and works of his where shown at the World's fair in Brussels in 1935 and at the first Biennale at São Paulo in 1951.

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