Bahr, Hermann

AUTHOR, CRITIC (AUSTRIA)
BORN 19 Jul 1863, Linz - DIED 15 Jan 1934, München
GRAVE LOCATION Salzburg: Kommunalfriedhof, Gneiser Strasse 8 (Gruppe 22, Nummer 22-23 (Ehrengrab) )

Hermann Bahr was born in Linz but went to a gymnasium in Salzburg, living with his grandparents. In Vienna he studied philosophy, law, economics and philology. After a long stay in Paris he worked as an art critic in Berlin and Vienna. In 1895 he married the Jewish actress Rosa Joka (1871-1940). Five years later they separated.

In 1899/1900 Joseph Maria Olbrich built a villa for him, the Haus Bahr in Ober Sankt Veit. From Gustav Klimt he bought the picture "Nude Veritas" and it had a prominent place in his house. In 1901 and 1902 he defended Klimt in his writings "Rede für Klimt" and "Gegen Klimt".

In 1906 he started working as a director with Max Reinhardt. In 1909 he married the singer Anna Mildenburg. He had to divorce Rosa Jokl first, but he supported her financially until the end of his life. From 1912 to 1922 he and Anna lived in Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, where they were visited by many artists and intellectuals.

From 1918 onwards he worked as a dramatist for the Burgtheater in Vienna. Apart from his theoretical works he wrote forty plays and ten novels. He knew many of the literary people who frequented the café's in Vienna and Karl Krauss frequently criticized him in his satirical magazine "Der Fackel".

Bahr was involved in founding the Festspiele in Salzburg, where Anna performed from 1922 to 1927. In 1922 he followed Anna to Munich where she had become a professor. He lived there until his death in 1934, but he was buried in his beloved Salzburg.

Family
• Wife: Bahr-Mildenburg, Anna von (1909-1934)

Related persons
• was a friend of Hofmannsthal, Hugo von
• supported Klimt, Gustav
• owned work of Klimt, Gustav
• knew Odilon, Helene
• was a friend of Reinhardt, Max
• knew Wedekind, Frank

Sources
Ehrengrab Anna Bahr-Mildenburg und Hermann Bahr - Stadt Salzburg

Images

The grave of Hermann Bahr and Anna Bahr-Mildenburg at the Kommunalfriedhof, Salzburg.
Picture by Androom (29 Aug 2009)

 

The grave of Hermann Bahr and Anna Bahr-Mildenburg at the Kommunalfriedhof, Salzburg.
Picture by Androom (29 Aug 2009)

 


Bähr, Johann Karl Ulrich

Published: 13 Mar 2010
Last update: 13 Nov 2015