Friedrich Neugebauer: Austria’s Calligrapher, Book Artist, and Publisher
In a career that spanned 75 years, Friedrich Neugebauer (1911–2005) developed and refined a calligraphic style like no other. With roots that extended back through his own teacher, Rudolf von Larisch, to the Jugendstil and the Wiener Werkstätte, Friedrich worked with a compelling palette of colors, materials, textures, and scales. He created broadsides and manuscript books, signage, sculptures, established a private press, and taught generations of students. Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms (translated into English by our speaker in 1980) is often cited as one of most important manuals of calligraphy ever written. He also published children’s books of the highest artistic merit, and helped to launch the careers of such illustrators as Lisbeth Zwerger.
Please join us for a visual exploration of Neugebauer’s distinctive works, and a glimpse of his life in a small village in the Salzkammergut — Austria’s “Sound of Music” country.
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