The Brothers Josephu

The Brothers Josephu
Young Josef at work...circa 1917

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Great Artists Alike

The Josephu brothers, Florian and Josef, were surrounded by many artists who went on to achieve lasting fame. It is entirely logical to assume that the paths of Florian, Josef, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka - even Adolf Hitler - would have crossed.

In 1918, Josef married a young concert pianist, Olga Kohn, who was the 2nd cousin to Gustav Mahler (who died in 1911).

Florian Josephu entered the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie die Bildenden Kunste) in 1904/1905, and Egon Schiele entered in 1906. In 1907 Josef entered the Academy; Alois Schicklbruber (Adolf Hitler) was rejected by the Academy in 1907.
In 1914 Josef had an exhibition at Gustav Klimt's Secession House, and in several magazine/newspaper articles identify Josef as a sculptor who came out of the Secession movement.