Josef Kriehuber

Josef Kriehuber (* December 15, 1800 in Vienna, † May 30, 1876 ) was an Austrian painter and lithographer.


Kriehuber was already recorded with 13 years in the character class of the Imperial Academy in Vienna. In 1818 he accompanied the Prince Sanguszko as an art teacher to Poland. In 1821 he returned to Vienna. To raise money for the study at the Academy and for the livelihood, he became one of the most prolific lithographic publishing employees Trentsensky. 1826 published his first portraits in the new printing technique of lithography. In the next decades Kriehuber was the most sought after and highest paid portraitist Vienna Biedermeier. His success comes from probably the fact that he was a master of important men and women beautiful display when they were in reality.

With the advent of photography, the star Kriehuber sank. In 1860, he was still the first artist in Austria Franz Joseph Order. His last years were overshadowed by the lack of jobs and poverty. He died on 30 May 1876 in his hometown. His final resting place, now an honorary dedicated grave, he found in the Vienna Central Cemetery ( 11-2-49 ).

Major collections of his works are in the collection of the Albertina and the Portrait Collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Since 1889, the Kriehubergasse is named after him in Vienna Margaret.

His son was the draftsman and lithographer Fritz Kriehuber.


His work, a replica of the Viennese society of this era, includes about 3000 portrait lithographs, along with several hundred watercolors. One finds hardly a significant figure of this time that has not been portrayed by Kriehuber. Be mentioned

  • Elias Parish Alvars,
  • Carl Czerny,
  • Anton Diabelli,
  • Anton Dreher senior,
  • Fanny Elssler,
  • Stephan finite,
  • Emperor Francis I of Austria,
  • Carl von Ghega,
  • Franz Grillparzer,
  • Friedrich Halm,
  • Joseph von Hammer- Purgstall,
  • Friedrich Hebbel,
  • Carl Heissler,
  • Archduke Johann,
  • Archduke Karl Ludwig,
  • Therese Krones,
  • Franz Liszt,
  • Marie -Louise of Austria,
  • Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria,
  • Prince Wenzel von Metternich,
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer,
  • Johann Nestroy,
  • Niccolò Paganini,
  • Josef Radetzky,
  • Fritz Reuter,
  • Moritz Gottlieb Saphir,
  • Franz Schubert,
  • Robert Schumann,
  • Johann Kaspar von Seiller,
  • Ignaz von Seyfried,
  • Sophie of Austria,
  • William Tegetthoff,
  • Sigismund Thalberg,
  • Caroline Unger,
  • Henri Vieuxtemps,
  • Leopold Welzl wave of home.