Franz Arthur Bischoff (1864-1929)
Franz Bischoff was born in Bomen, Austria on Jan. 14, 1864. Bischoff studied art in Vienna before immigrating to the U.S. in 1885. He worked as a decorator of china in an NYC factory and later continued this line of work in Pittsburgh, PA, and Fostoria, OH. In 1892 he moved to Michigan, where he produced ceramic works and taught china decorating in Detroit and Dearborn.
Franz Bischoff first visited California in 1900, but it was six years later before he and his family moved to Los Angeles. Bischoff established a studio in the Blanchard Building in 1908, built a palatial Italian Renaissance style studio-home in the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. He brought with him a reputation of one as the nation’s greatest china painters; however, in California, he turned to paint impressionist landscapes of the desert around Palm Springs and the poppy fields near the Arroyo Seco.
His subjects also include floral still lifes, harbor scenes in San Pedro, coastals, and Zion Nat’l Park (done on a trip in 1928). His early works were mostly 13″ x 19″, softer and more muted than his later works, which often show the influence of Expressionism and the Fauves.
Franz Bischoff died in Pasadena on Feb. 5, 1929.
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