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Sergius Pauser - Buy or sell works

28 December 1896, Vienna (Austria) - 16 March 1970, Klosterneuburg (Austria)

Sergius Pauser is one of the most noteworthy representatives of New Objectivity and was a longstanding member of the Vienna Secession. The recipient of numerous accolades, the artist found his true vocation later on in life as a teacher, a profession he pursued at the Vienna Academy for 20 years.

After enrolling in a degree programme for architecture in Vienna, Pauser changed direction and focused on free painting, which he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1919-1924. During this period, he initially followed in the footsteps of famous Expressionists, among them Karl Hofer, whose work was hugely influential at this time. Returning to his home city, Pauser attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts for another three years. He became a member of the Vienna Secession in 1927. But from the end of the 1920s, the artist increasingly produced paintings attributable to the style of New Objectivity. Among others, the key influences during this period of his oeuvre were Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. The art he produced during period is considered his most important.

He travelled abroad on numerous occasions from 1930 onwards, financed by prosperous patrons. The sojourns took him to Italy, France and other countries, where he pursued extensive studies. At the same time, the highly respected painter enjoyed a burgeoning reputation in Europe and the United States due to numerous important exhibitions. The Grand Austrian State Prize in 1932 and the 1935 Prize of the International Carnegie Exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA, are just a few of the accolades and awards that the artist received. The painter’s work was considered ‘degenerate art’ during Nazi rule, and there are reports that Hitler himself removed the artist’s paintings from an exhibition at the House of German Art in Munich. Pauser was even imprisoned and sent to a labour camp in Radkersburg in 1944, toward the end of World War II.

He taught at the Vienna Academy for two decades after the war. He died in 1970.

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