(Vienna 1847 - 1922 Vienna)


Robert Russ was friends with Emil-Jakob Schindler, Eugen Jettel and Rudolf Ribarz, with whom he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. After his studies he became a member of the Wiener Künstlerhaus and exhibited regularly. In 1869 the artist got his first important award at the "Internationale Kunstausstellung" (international art-exhibition) at the Glaspalast (glass palace) in Munich. Several others should follow, and until 1891, when Robert Russ got his most important award - the "Große Goldene Staatsmedaille" - he was awarded with every possible price an Austrian artist could get. He was celebrated internationally too and exhibited at the World's fair in 1873 where he showed five paintings. During the 1880ies he made numerous paintings for known museums, such as the Geological Collection of the University of Vienna, the Museum of Natural History and the "Kunsthistorisches Museum" (Museum of Art History). He painted some pictures for the Burgtheater in Vienna as well. Through all of his life he loved travelling and visited Germany, the Netherlands, Heligoland and Lake Garda, South Tyrol, Venice, Bohemia, Moravia and the Wachau. In South Tyrol he found his favorite motifs. For more than 20 years the landcsape around Arco and Riva were his source of inspiration and earned him the reputation of being the "master of light effects".

But soon after 1900 it became increasingly difficult for Robert Russ to meet the contemporrary taste. What follwed was a long period of productive years in which Robert Russ intensified his exhibition activity abroad. He developed a spontaneous style because of which his late works are among the most wanted landscape- and "mood-paintings" today. Even though his paintings were not seen much in exhibitions after 1912.

In March 1922 Robert Russ was hospitalized and died at the 22th of March in 1922.

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