Bischoff, Franz Arthur (1864-1929). Painter, ceramist.
Franz Bischoff was born in
Bomen, Austria on Jan. 14, 1864. Bischoff studied art in Vienna before
immigrating to the U.S. in 1885. He worked as a decorator of china in a
NYC factory and later continued this line of work in Pittsburgh, PA and
Fostoria, OH. In 1892 he moved to Michigan where he produced ceramic
works and taught china decorating in Detroit and Dearborn. Franz Bischoff
first visited California in 1900, but it was six years later before he and his
family moved to Los Angeles. Bischoff established a studio in the
Blanchard Bldg, and in 1908 built a palatial Italian Renaissance style
studio-home in the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. He brought with him a
reputation of one as the nation's greatest china painters; however, in
California he turned to painting impressionist landscapes of the desert around
Palm Springs and the poppy fields near the Arroyo Seco. His subjects also
include floral still lifes, harbor scenes in San Pedro, coastals, and Zion
Nat'l Park (done on trip in 1928). His early works were mostly 13" x
19", softer and more muted than his later works which often show the
influence of Expressionism and the Fauves. Franz Bischoff died in
Pasadena on Feb. 5, 1929.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California
FRANZ BISCHOFF (1864 - 1929)
"Roses" Oil on canvas 20" x 24"
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