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Anton Lehmden, "Flaktürme", painting 1953 (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien)
Lehmden, Anton, b. Nitra (Slovakia), Jan. 2, 1929, painter and graphic artist, eminent exponent of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism . Came to Vienna in 1945, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under A. P. Gütersloh, participated in exhibitions of the Vienna Art-Club from 1948 and was soon able to present his paintings at international exhibitions as well. 1962/63 teacher in Istanbul. 1971-1997 teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In his technique L. followed old masters like P. Breugel and A. Altdorfer. War scenes, natural catastrophes and landscapes are his most frequent subjects. 1966 L. bought the Renaissance castle of Deutschkreutz (Burgenland) and has since devoted himself to its restauration.
Literature: W. Koschatzky, A. L. Die Graphik, 1970; S. Stock, Die Graphik A. L., doctoral thesis, Salzburg 1976; Die Phantasten, exhibition catalogue, Künstlerhaus, Vienna 1990; Über die Wahrheit der Malerei, exhibition catalogue, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 1990.