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Franz Bischoff (Austrian/American, 1864-1929)


Also known as:  Franz A. Bischoff

Birth Place: Austria (Europe)


Who is painter Franz Bischoff?

Franz Bischoff was an American painter and sculptor who was best known for his California landscapes, floral pieces, vases, and porcelain painting. His porcelain painting was especially sought after thanks to his ornate work and unique glazes. Those glazes also became a source of revenue for the artist, he worked to manufacture them for a number of years. A move from Michigan to California around the turn of the century served as a huge inspiration for the second half of Bischoff’s life. He embraced his life on the west coast, becoming one of the first members of the California Art Club, along with Oscar Borg and William Wendt.

Bischoff won the Huntington Prize from the California Art Club in 1924. His work is collected in numerous West Coast galleries and museums including the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, the Irvine Museum, The Oakland Museum, and the William A. Karges Fine Art Gallery. His own museum, the Franz Bischoff Gallery collects and preserves the artist’s work to this day.

What kind of art does Franz Bischoff make?

Franz Bischoff is best known for his paintings and porcelain art. While trained as a watercolorist initially, Bischoff’s work in porcelain painting while still in Michigan served as an entre into the world of fine art. He worked for a time as a manufacturer of glazes and taught watercolor during his time there. His move to California would mark a definitive line delineating Bischoff’s old work from his new. Inspired by the lush California countryside, Bischoff dedicated himself to painting its beautiful and diverse landscapes. He was especially astounded by the brilliance of the light, and many of his paintings from this era depict this obsession -- with brilliant swaths of dramatic light infusing each work.

How did painter Franz Bischoff get started?

Franz Bischoff was born in Steinschonau, Austria (currently the Czech Republic) in 1864. While he was a teenager, he immigrated to the US and became a citizen. By this time the young artist was already well versed in applied design and watercolor and had received some formal training in ceramics. Almost immediately, Bischoff found work as a porcelain painter. Initially in New York, Bischoff eventually moved to Michigan where he taught art and sold ceramic glazes. Another move, this time to California, in 1906 would lead to some of Bischoff’s best-known work. In 1906 he built a studio and home in Pasadena, it was here where he would create the California landscapes that would become a lifelong obsession.

How much are Franz Bischoff paintings worth?

Franz Bischoff has a wide range of worth for his pieces, from just over a thousand dollars for minor work to the high six figures for his highest selling piece. The most ever paid for a Franz Bischoff painting at auction is $798,000 for the piece Roses (Date not given). It was sold on August 3rd, 2009. The most ever paid for a Bischoff painting for Heritage Auctions is $68,750 for the piece Cathedral Point, Utah (date not given) on November 13th, 2013.

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