Siegfried L. Kratochwil
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Siegfried Leopold Kratochwil (March 24, 1916 – February 25, 2005) was an Austrian painter and poet. Born in Karlstift, Lower Austria he later moved to Vienna and became one of the best-known Austrian Naïve artists by the end of the 20th century.
|Siegfried L. Kratochwil|
Kratochwil in his Atelier 1988
|Born||Siegfried Leopold Kratochwil
March 24, 1916
|Died||March 25, 2005
|Known for||Art, Poetry|
|Movement||Naïve art, Primitivism|
Siegfried L. Kratochwil was born in the small logging village of Karlstift in Lower Austria. After enrolling in a trade school in Vienna, he became a technician and tool maker. The Second World War was a very hard time for Kratochwil and he was forced to try his hand at various professions. He married in 1939 and the initial years of marriage took place during the war. His ill health kept him from military duty.
Kratochwil began helping his daughter with drawings and paintings, after she was born in 1941. It soon became apparent to him that painting made him happy. A passion for painting thus blossomed, one that would span almost 50 years, focusing primarily on Viennese motifs, which were, in turn, rooted in deeper themes of Austrian culture and history. Kratochwil also spent a significant amount of time writing poetry and etching copper engravings. Each of his paintings were usually accompanied by a poem.
Kratochwil had always considered Austria his home, which is why his country and his lifelong experiences there were so central to his artwork. He was buried in Vienna in 2005 at the age of 89.
Exhibitions and MuseumsEdit
Aside from the many cities in Austria, his exhibitions have spanned the continents of Europe and North America. Much of his work is currently held in private collections and museums. The following museums contain some of Kratochwil's artwork:
- Historical Museum of the City of Vienna, Austria 
- Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss, Germany 
- Vestisches Museum, Recklinghausen, Germany 
- Museum for German Ethnic Studies, Berlin, Germany
- Museum Rade, Hamburg, Germany
- German Bread Museum, Ulm, Germany 
- Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands 
- Museum of Naïve Art L'ile de France, Paris, France
- Musée international d'Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky, Nice, France 
- Lower Austrian Regional Museum, Vienna, Austria 
- Robert-Stolz Museum, Vienna, Austria
- Musée d'Art Naïf - Max Fourny
References and sourcesEdit
- Wiener Zeitung #118 May 22, 1977, as quoted by Anatole Jakovsky
- Living with Art - "The sophistication of those 'naive' painters". Article by Guy Northrop, 1977 Oates Gallery, Memphis, USA