Wotruba, Fritz

SCULPTOR (AUSTRIA)
BORN 23 Apr 1907, Wien - DIED 28 Aug 1975, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 C, nummer 32)

Fritz Wotruba was the youngest of eight children. His father came from Bohemia and his mother from Hungary. He was educated as an engraver and worked for Josef Schantin in Vienna. Later he was a student of Anton Hanak.

Much of his work can be seen in parks in Vienna, but he is best known for the Wotruba Kirche, a church that was built between 1965 and 1976 in Vienna. He designed the grave monument for Arnold Schönberg at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna. In 1975 he was buried there himself.

Related persons
• was pupil to Hanak, Anton
• designed grave monument of Kurz, Selma
• was teacher to Mahler, Anna Justina
• designed grave monument of Schönberg, Arnold

Sources
Fritz Wotruba - Wikipedia
• Brook, Stephen (e.a.), Vienna, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1995
• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien

Images

Arnold Schönberg's grave monument at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna was designed by Fritz Wotruba.
Picture by Androom (15 Aug 1995)

 

The grave of Fritz Wotruba at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (15 Aug 1995)

 


Wren, Christopher

Published: 19 Sep 2008
Last update: 19 Sep 2008