Reich, Adolf

BORN 30 Apr 1887, Wien - DIED 16 Nov 1963, Salzburg
GRAVE LOCATION Salzburg: Kommunalfriedhof, Gneiser Strasse 8 (Gruppe 75, Reihe 0, Nummer 65)

Adolf Reich came from a humble family. During the First World War he worked as a scenery painter at the Volkstheater in Vienna. In 1916 he went to the Academy of Arts in Vienna where me made little friends because he disapproved of modern art and held on to neo-classicism. After he finished his studies there he was moderately successful as the 'Austrian Spitzweg'.

In 1926 he moved to Munich together with his wife. His work became popular in nazi circles and the nazis came to power they exhibited it at the Haus der Deutsche Kunst and published it in art magazines. In 1945 he was imprisoned in Camp Marcus W. Orr near Salzburg where he painted portraits of American officers and their wives.

He lived in the camp until it was closed in 1953 and settled in Salzburg afterwards. Nothing came of his wish to teach other artists because of his nazi past. He died in 1963 in Salzburg. In later years his work was rediscovered.


The grave of Adolf Reich at the Kommunalfriedhof, Salzburg.
Picture by Androom (31 Aug 2014)


Reicha, Anton

Published: 08 Feb 2015
Last update: 03 Apr 2022