Carry Hauser - vendere e comprare opere

(also known as Carl Maria Hauser)

16 February 1895, Vienna (Austria) - October 28 1985, Rekawinkel (Austria)

Carry Hauser was an Austrian painter, graphic artist, set designer and writer of the modern period.

Born in 1895 as the son of a civil servant in Vienna, Hauser studied both at the Höheren Graphischen Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt (Eng. “Higher Institute of Graphic Teaching and Experimentation”) and at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts under Adolf Böhm, Alfred Roller, Anton Josef Ritter von Kenner and Oskar Strnad. He served in World War I as a soldier on the eastern front and declared himself an opponent of the war after his return to his home city in 1918. Until 1923, he lived alternately in Vienna and in Passau, where he befriended the artist Georg Philipp Wörlen.

Starting in 1926, he worked on various projects with the painter and graphic artist Otto Rudolf Schatz. In 1928, he was appointed president of the Hagenbund artists’ group.

With the annexation of Austria in 1938, he had a professional and exhibition ban imposed on him because of his political stance against the Nazi regime. Many of his early works in which he dealt with his war experiences were already lost at that time. Hauser was always politically and socially engaged alongside his work and, in particular, advocated the promotion of young artists.

Due to the outbreak of World War II, Hauser was forced to turn down an appointment at the School of Art in Melbourne in 1939 and instead travelled to Switzerland. Two years after the end of the war, Hauser returned to Vienna and resumed his active social engagement, becoming general secretary of the Austrian P.E.N. Club, co-founder of the Professional Association of Visual Artists in Austria and honorary president of the new Hagenbund.

In the course of his career, Hauser received many awards, including the Silver Medal of the International Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929 and the Prize of the City of Vienna for Painting and Graphic Arts in 1949. Over the years, the internationally-acclaimed artist was commissioned with numerous projects in public spaces, such as mosaics and murals. Hauser’s style was influenced in the long-term by movements such as the New Objectivity, Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism. Alongside his professional activities as a painter, graphic artist and writer, he also designed stage sets, including some for the Burgtheater in Vienna. At the end of the 1960s, Hauser travelled to Africa, an event which had a considerable influence on his later works.

He died in 1985 in Rekawinkel. Many of his works can be found today in renowned museums and collections in Austria, such as in the Belvedere and in the Albertina in Vienna.

Hauser’s works have been successfully sold in Dorotheum auctions for many years. On 20 May 2010, his 1929 painting Der Judaskuss (Eng. “Kiss of Judas”) was sold for €24,700 in a classic modern auction.