The biography of Hans Zatzka (1859 - 1945)

Hans Zatzka (1859 – 1945) was an Austrian artist. He was a painter of religious compositions, allegorical subjects, genre scenes and figures.

Hans Zatzka was born on March 8, 1859 in Vienna, Austria. Zatzka grew up in Vienna and throughout his life he never left this home for a longer period of time.

His gift for fine arts already became apparent at an early age. He went to the Academy of Fine Arts from 1877 to 1882, where he studied under Prof. Blaas with much success and was awarded the Golden Fügermedal in 1880. He made several study trips to Italy, later he practiced fresco, paintings in churches and portraits. He decorated numerous churches of Vienna, Mayerling, Olmutz and Innsbruck. He developed a special interest in genre pictures, ideal depictions of women and cupids

At the age of 26 Zatzka got his first significant, public engagement: the ceiling fresco at "Kurhaus Baden" in the vicinity of Vienna. Depicted was "The Naiad of Baden" (originally called "Badener Quellennymphe") with cupids and historical inscriptions.

Hans Zatzka lived on religious art, the painting of churches and altarpieces. He never took apprentices or accepted teaching engagements. The only opportunity his family had to see him was during meals. He painted until the age of 80.

On December 17th, 1945, Hans Zatzka died.