Gustinus Ambrosi in his atelier, photo
Ambrosi, Gustinus, b. Eisenstadt (Burgenland), Feb. 24, 1893, d. Vienna, July 1, 1975 (suicide), sculptor and poet, became deaf at age seven. Successful portraitist in the style of Rodin aspiring to monumental-classical ideals but sometimes criticized for giving an impression of pathetic overstatement.
Works: about 2,500 sculptures: large-scale sculptures and groups, over 600 busts (S. Zweig, R. M. Rilke, A. Wildgans, F. Nietzsche, A. Strindberg, G. Hauptmann, K. Renner, T. Körner, A. Schärf, J. Raab, L. Figl, O. Helmer, Pius XII.). - Poetry: Die Sonette an Gott, 1923; Einer Toten, 1937; Das Buch der Einschau, 1960.
Literature: F. Renisch, G. A., 2 vols., 1990.