“The Scholar”. Oil on Canvas. 19 x 26 inches
Alois Heinrich Priechenfried was born June 25, 1867 in Vienna, parish Gumpendorf, and died March 24, 1953 in Vienna. He was an Austrian portrait painter of naturalism and also was trained as a gilder.
In his time, he received high recognition for his portraits of rabbis.Priechenfried worked from the year 1881 as a gilder in the company of his father, Alois Michael Priechenfried. A Catholic, he completed his artistic training as a guest student from 1884 to 1885 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Christian Griepenkerl.After several stays in Munich, he lived until his death at Kauerhof in Diefenbachgasse 12 in the 15th district of Vienna.
On June 28, 1896 Alois Heinrich Priechenfried was granted the citizenship of the city of Vienna. Alois Heinrich Priechenfried was registered on April 22, 1902 as a member of the Management Board with statutory corporate rights at the company Werks- und Rohstoffegenossenschaft der Vergolder Wien.Together with his wife Emilie Amelia Priechenfried, the painter had eight children. At the age of 73, the couple celebrated the golden wedding in the Eisenbahnerheim in Vienna.