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Oskar Laske - Buy or sell works

8 January 1874, Chernivtsi (Ukraine) - 30 November 1951, Vienna (Austria)

Oskar Laske was an Austrian architect and painter. Having formed part of the the three major artists’ associations, the Hagendbund (since 1907), Secession (since 1924), and the Künstlerhaus (since 1939), Laske was an important and original member of the Viennese art scene in the first half of the 20th century.

Oskar Laske began his education at the TU Wien and went on to study architecture under Otto Wagner at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His most famous architectural work is the Art Nouveau pharmacy in Vienna’s first district, the 'Engelapotheke' - an exemplary building of the Secession. During his youth, he took painting lessons with the Viennese landscape artist, Anton Hlavacek; however, he saw himself as a self-taught artist, and soon ceased working as a freelance architect at his family firm to begin a career as a painter. During the First World War, he served as an officer and war artist in the Imperial Army.

His unique style of painting which he developed in his work is characterised by fine colouring and skilful line management, though he always remained committed to graphic illustration. In many of his works, he paints his impressions of his frequent study trips that had led him to travel all over Europe, as well as to the Middle East and North Africa. His works bear witness to his great narrative gift and sense of humour, both of which are apparent in his biblical, historical or genre paintings. His cityscapes, which often are painted from unconventional perspectives, are also highly significant.