Heinrich Hans Schlimarski (Austrian, 1859 – 1913)

Young Woman with Fruit and Flowers

Heinrich Hans Schlimarski (Austrian, 1859 – 1913) “Young Woman with Fruit and Flowers”

Oil on Canvas 29 x 15 1/4 inches

Heinrich Hans Schlimarski (born 5 October 1859 in Olomouc; died 13 July 1913 in Hainburg) was a Czech portrait, genre and history painter and pastellist.

He was born in Olomouc on 5 October 1859 and gifted with natural talent. He moved with the family to the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at an early age. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with August Eisenmenger (1830 – 1907), who was an Austrian history and portrait painter in the era of the Ringstrasse and Wilhelminian style, and Hans Makart (1840 – 1884), who was the most famous Austrian academic history and portrait painter of that period.

Heinrich Hans Schlimarski was considered the most gifted student of Makart and became his collaborator, together they signed many large-format works. He went on study trips to Munich and Italy and on his return, he lived mainly in Vienna working for the Viennese high society as a portrait, genre and history painter. A substantial part of its production is made up of female portraits, nudes, large decoration works and oriental subjects. Many of his works became so famous that they were reproduced in prints, illustrated books and postcards. He died in mysterious circumstances; on 13 July 1913 his lifeless body was recovered from the Danube.

His style was influenced by Makart and is based on an exuberant use of colors, intense sensuality as in Eugène Delacroix. The results are dynamic and voluptuous forms full of energy as in the best works of Peter Paul Rubens where the fast and dense application of colors enchanted the fine and almost transparent skin of the sitters.[3] His artistic production, as that of his master Makart, were soon forgotten in favor of the avant-gardes, only in the last decades of the twentieth century their productions of absolute quality have been rediscovered and placed among the great art of the second half of the nineteenth century.