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Hans Figura (1898-1978) - Mid 20th Century Aquatint, Fir Trees on a Mountainside



An interesting and unusual aquatint on silk, by the listed Austrian artist Hans Figura (1898-1978), depicting fir trees in a mountainous snowy landscape. The artist achieves great depth using contrasting tones. Unsigned.


There are some surface marks to the silk, and the upper and lower edges have some fraying of the strands. In good condition overall.


42.5 x 34.5cm (16.7" x 13.6")
Sheet: 45.5 x 37cm (17.9" x 14.6")

Artist Biography

Hans Figura was an Austrian painter and printmaker, best known for his intricate aquatint etchings of European landscapes and cityscapes. The artist’s etchings often have a noticeable shift between the contrast in foreground and background, thereby lending a realistic sense of depth in the scenes. Born on January 22, 1898 in Nagy-Kikinda, Hungary to Austrian parents, Figura went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After his time serving in World War I, he traveled throughout Europe completing plein-air sketches to bring back to the studio for developing more completed works. World War II would again curtail his art career—as he served in the German Army and his studio was bombed—and at the end of the conflict he would spend the remainder of his life in the small alpine town of Villach, Austria. Today, Figura’s works are in the collections of the Kulturamt in Vienna, the Landemuseum of Lower Austria, and The Society of Art Lovers in Berlin, among others. Figura died on February 17, 1978 in Villach, Austria.

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Code pn404
Artist Hans Figura (1898-1978)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 42.5 x 34.5cm
Framed No
Medium Aquatint
Style Contemporary Art
Subject Landscape
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