Marie Egner - Biography
1850 Bad Radkersburg - 1940 Wien
Marie Egner was born in Radkersburg in Styria. From her early years she was fascinated by Plein Air painting. Both her Graz teacher Hermann von Königsbrunn and artist Carl Jungheim, whose lessons she attended in Düsseldorf from 1872 to 1875, encouraged this passion. In 1875 Marie Egner moved to Vienna and opened a private painting school in her studio, which she ran with great success till 1910. Around 1880 she got to know Emil Jakob Schindler and spend several artistically productive summers with him and his students Carl Moll and Olga Wisinger-Florian in the Plankenberg castle. The young artist’s multiple study trips included Dalmatia, Corfu, Germany and repeatedly Italy. After spending some time in London from 1887 to 1889 Egner started to advance in her carrier. She had great success at the annual exhibition in Vienna Künstlerhaus and participated in several big art shows abroad (the Royal Academy in London in 1888, the “Große Kunstausstellung” in Berlin in 1896, 1898 and 1899, the World Fair in Paris in 1900, the “Internationale Kunstausstellung” in Düsseldorf in 1904). After World War I the artist joined the National Organization of Austrian Women in the Visual Arts, which organised an exhibition in her honour in 1926 featuring 180 of her paintings. Today Marie Egner together with Tina Blau and Olga Wisinger-Florian is considered part of the famous “triumvirate” of the Austrian female masters of so-called Atmospheric Impressionism (Stimmungsimpressionismus).