Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel - Buy or sell works
22 July 1881, Wunsiedel (Germany) - 14 February 1965, Vienna (Austria)
Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel was an Austro-German painter and lithographer of the modern period who attracted renown for his depictions of animals. In addition, he was known for being a designer at the Wiener Werkstätte.
Born in Wunsiedel in 1881 to a carpenter, Jungnickel attended the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Munich. Jungnickel registered at Vienna’s Academy in 1899, and became a student of Christian Griepenkerl and August Eisenmenger. In 1902 he studied under Alfred Roller at the Kunstgewerbeschule des k.k. Museums für Kunst und Industrie (School of Applied Arts of the Imperial and Royal Museum for Art and Industry). Three years later he attended Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts, followed by Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he was taught by William Unger.
Jungnickel developed a range of different objects for the Wiener Werkstätte, such as glasses, fabrics and commercial graphics. His design for an animal fresco for Palais Stoclet in Brussels is particularly worthy of mention in this regard.
In this period, he also became acquainted with other members of the Wiener Werkstätte, such as Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann.
His specialist field, depictions of animals, helped the artist break onto the international stage. He was appointed to a one-year professorship at Frankfurt’s Kunstgewerbeschule in 1911, where he led the specialist class for graphic art.
Vienna became his new home from 1912 onwards. His study trips across Europe primarily took the artist into areas featuring untouched nature. Jungnickel received Austrian citizenship in 1918.
He received great recognition for his illustrations of animal fables using coloured woodcuts. Even during his lifetime, the artist received numerous awards, including the Grand Austrian State Prize for Visual Art in 1937. Jungnickel was a member of Vienna’s Künstlerhaus from 1924 onwards, and regularly presented his work in exhibitions.
After his works had been labelled “degenerate” by the National Socialists, Jungnickel felt forced to leave Vienna and emigrate to Opatija (Croatia). In 1945, his workshop (and with it, many of his early pieces) was destroyed by aerial bombardment. The artist only returned to his adopted country in 1952, where he first lived in Carinthia and then Vienna.
Cultural institutions across Austria have devoted numerous exhibitions to him since then.
Jungnickel died in Vienna in 1965 at the age of 83.
Works by Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel have enjoyed success at Dorotheum auctions for many years. On 22 May 2014, his work “Hercegovina” (Bridge in Mostar), from 1913, was sold for € 51,540 at a Modern Art auction.