"Mixed Media Rotterdam By Rizek"Emil RIZEK
Port in Rotterdam
Large mixed media
approx. 45 x 60 cm
signed lower right
From early on, Emil Rizek (Vienna 1901 - 1988 Vienna) took private art lessions with Anton Hlavatschek and Carl Fahringer, a professor at the Vienna Academy. In his 20s, he traveled to Italy, France, Germany and Holland where he was associated with the “School of the Hague”, a group of Dutch Impressionists.
Finding himself constantly poor in Vienna, Rizek decided to travel the world in a search for adventure, artistic inspiration and cheaper living. It was his personal goal to travel around the world, and record his experience in paint.
Rizek essentially trained himself as he traveled, and developed a personal style based in realism. Landscapes, city views and genre scenes of everyday work and life began to appear in his work. His figurative works often portrayed laborers or workers with whom he had a sense of comaraderie.
He painted the marketplace of Bali and the ports of Northern Europe with the same enthusiasm. He traveled all over the world: for years he stayed in Indonesia, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Africa. In 1938 taught painting in Oakland California, and also painted and etched scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Upon returning to Vienna, he joined The Vienna Artist’s Cooperative, and found himself increasingly under pressure to make his works conform to the subjects acceptable to Nazism. He was forced to servce in the Wehrmacht in 1941 serving as a war artist and reporter, mainly in Finland. He was captured by the British army and spent ten months as a prisoner in Ostfriesland near the end of the war.
Rizek was emotionally drained by his experiences in the war, and found it extremely difficult to return to painting. As his creative energies returned Rizek traveled again. In 1963 the Artist’s Guild of Vienna awarded Rizek a special gold medal in recognition of his artistic achievements.
Emil Rizek died in Vienna in 1988.
Signed lower right "Rizek."