Ludwig Ferdinand Graf
1868 Vienna - 1932 Vienna
Born in Vienna in 1868, Ludwig Ferdinand Graf was initially a student to his father, the painter Ludwig Graf, before studying at the Viennese Academy with Christian Griepenkerl, August Eisenmenger and Leopold Carl Müller. He then left Vienn for Paris, where he attended the Académie Julian. He also stayed in Brittany and traveled to England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy. In 1894 Graf returned to Vienna. Soon he was a member of the Künstlerhaus, where he exhibited regularly. In 1901 Graf joined the newly founded Hagenbund, whose president he became in 1909. Landscape and the portrait are the main themes of his artistic work. Graf dealt with the modern art movements of his time. Color and light play a special role in his works.
Literature: H.Giese, „Was man sieht, ist Farbe. Ludwig Ferdinand Graf“, in: Parnass, Magazine I/1992, p.39-43; „Die verlorene Moderne. Der Künstlerbund Hagen. 1900 – 1938“, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna 1993; „Ludwig Ferdinand Graf. 1868 – 1932“, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna 1995