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Adolf Waldinger

Adolf Waldinger - famous painter from Osijek, Croatia

Adolf 'Ignjo' Waldinger is the most famous painter of the 19th century Osijek. He was born in Osijek and received first artistic training in the same city. He was taught by Hugo Conrad von Hötzendorf in Osijek's Bürgerliche Zeichenschule drawing school from 1855 to 1861. From Hugo he learned to paint in pencil and watercolor (aquarelle) techniques.

In 1861 he went to Vienna to the local Academy of Fine Arts and remains two semesters. After taht he worked in varoius Viennese painters' studios. At that time he did a lot of traveling around Bavaria, Austria and northern Italy.

Commemorative postage stamp issued to honor 100 years of Adolf Waldinger's death

Commemorative postage stamp issued to honor 100 years of Adolf Waldinger's death

He returned to Osijek in 1869, where he was soon employed by the former Real High School. He worked there as an art teacher until 1879. According to some historians, this was the time of his peak painting and graphic masterpieces. Later, he did the same work as drawing teacher at the Osijek Apprentice school.

Adolf Waldinger - Oak tree

Adolf Waldinger - Oak Tree

His life was strenuous. He was in a constant struggle to fulfill basic life needs. But, in the same time, he made famous paintings such as "Paintings of forests", "A view in Olevano", "Mill in the forest", "Landscape with two peasant women", "Old oak" and other. He devoted major attention to the trees and plants, which is the basic theme of his drawings. Almost in love with oak trees, he followed their growth and breakdown in the branches and twigs. He drew terrestrial plants, sedge, reed, reminiscent of Albrecht Dürer's drawings of blades of grass and turf. His drawing "At the woods' edge" he made in 1884 is a masterpiece.

Adolf Waldinger died alone and misunderstood. It would take many years to recognize the value of his art.

City of Osijek awarded its prominent artist with a bust set in the Sakuntala Park and named a street right in the centre of the city. Later, a luxurios family-owned hotel and caffe was named after him, as well as a gallery in the Fortress (Tvrđa).