Wagner, Otto

BORN 13 Jul 1841, Wien: Penzing - DIED 11 Apr 1918, Wien
BIRTH NAME Wagner, Otto Koloman
CAUSE OF DEATH erysipelas (bacterial skin infection)
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Hietzinger Friedhof, Maxingstraße 15, Hietzing (Gruppe 13, Nummer 131)

Otto Wagner studied in Berlin and in Vienna. Originally he worked in the historicist style and gradually he changed to Architectural Realism. During the 1890s he designed buildings in Jugendstil.

He built the tram line in Vienna and canalised the river Donau into the Donau Channel. Other parts of his city plan for a new Vienna were not implemented. In his "Modern Architecture" he stated his views on the role of the architect.

From 1894 onwards he was a professor at the Art Academy in Vienna. In 1897 he was one of the founders of the Wiener Secession, a group of artists that included Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser. Wagner had a studio where seventy people worked for him.

Related persons
• was teacher of Hoffmann, Josef
• was teacher of Olbrich, Josef Maria
• was teacher of Schmid, Heinrich


The grave of Otto Wagner at Hietzing Cemetery, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 1995)


• Brook, Stephen (e.a.), Vienna, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1995
De Complete Encyclopedie, Lekturama
• Becker, Edwin & Sabine Grabner (eds.), Wenen 1900, Portret en interieur, Van Goghmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Wagner

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Published: 19 Sep 2008
Last update: 12 Aug 2023