Joseph Jost (Austrian, 1888 – 1969)

The Broken Plate

Joseph Jost (Austrian, 1888 – 1969) “The Broken Plate”

Oil on Canvas 26 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Joseph Jost was born in Vienna in 1888.  Joseph Jost initially taught himself, especially by copying old masters.  In 1908 he exhibited a painting entitled ‘The law of death’ at the Künstlerhaus for the first time.  Other exhibitions followed.  In 1914 Jost was accepted in the master class of the genre painter Franz Rumpler at the Vienna Academy.

During World War II, as a war painter, he portrayed many high-ranking military personnel, but later devoted himself mainly to the still life.  Flowers were his favorite subject, their materiality he could play brilliantly.