Josef Karl Radler, 1844-1917 (Austria)
"In Rädler I felt I had glimpsed another world, another mind, an intensity of purpose and imagination of which I am not capable." Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
Josef Karl Rädler was a turn-of-the-century autodidact whose compelling canon of double-sided watercolours document life at the pioneering Mauer-Öhling open-air hospital. It was there that this once-successful entrepreneur transformed himself into The Court Painter of Austria, Siam and Italy, an astounding portraitist whose depictions of fellow inmates startle with serenity and silence.
Rädler’s oeuvre celebrates these forgotten many, harrowed by the b
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