Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Lach (1868 - 1933), Austrian

Born on 29.05.1868 in Linz, died on 09.10.1933 in Vienna. Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Lach is considered as one of the best Austrian watercolorists. He was a nephew of the well-known flower and still-life painter Andreas Lach. Studied at the Trade School in Linz from 1882 to 1885 and later at the Cadet School  in Vienna. Until his 32nd year, he worked as a clerk at the First Danube Steam Navigation Company (DDSG) in various ports of the river Danube (Orsova, Zemun, Regensburg). Since 1900, he began painting and by the time around 1916 he was considered as the most important Austrian watercolorists since Rudolf von Alt. During his career he won many medals and prizes, for example honorary award of the city of Vienna, honorary citizenship of the city of Linz, silver medal for the services to the Republic of Austria, honorary diploma from Albrecht Durer Foundation, etc.


Fritz Lach visited Macedonia during the Great War years. He produced at least one watercolor – a cityscape of the city of Krushevo, 1918, which is today in the possession of the author of this book.

Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Lach 1868-1933 Cityscape of Krushevo 1918 watercolor

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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