Georg Eisler's art revolves around people in all their facets: alone in a coffee house, involved in demonstrations, at the market, in the subway, naked in the studio. With his consistent decision in favor of figurative painting, Eisler tied in with Austrian modernism, but also with the School of London, represented by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, for example.
Georg Eisler (1928 – 1998), son of the composer Hanns Eisler, grew up in exile. He learned his artistic form primarily in Great Britain, particularly through the lessons of Oskar Kokoschka and Herbert Boeckl. In 1946 he returned to Vienna as one of the few exiles. People in society are always at the center of Eisler's work. His well-known portraits of famous personalities such as Erich Fried, Hilde Spiel or Heiner Müller bear witness to his large international network, which reflects his political and artistic interests. Today, his political images in particular have a new explosiveness.
Edited by Sabine Breitwieser for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. With texts by Susanne Berchtold, Beatrice von Bormann, Sabine Breitwieser / Barbara Herzog and an interview by Patrick Werkner with Georg Eisler
Paperback, 28 x 24 cm, 216 pages, 326 illustrations, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2017