Otto Böhler

Otto Böhler ( born November 11, 1847 in Frankfurt am Main, † April 5, 1913 in Vienna ) was an Austrian silhouette artist and industrialist of German origin.


Otto Böhler was the fifth son of the big merchant Georg Friedrich Böhler and spent his childhood and youth in Frankfurt am Main. At the University of Tübingen, he studied to promotion philosophy. Then he moved in 1870 with his brothers Albert ( 1845-1899 ) and Friedrich ( 1849-1914 ) to Vienna and participated after the death of his brother Emil ( 1842-1882 ) at the family business.

Following his artistic talent, he became a pupil of the painter and writer Wenzel Noltsch Ottokar ( 1835-1908 ). He soon turned, however, the art of paper cutting to and found in his musical environment, a rich field. At Böhler Friends included, among others, the singer Amalie Materna, Hermann Winkelmann, Theodor Reichmann and musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1876 he attended as a member of the Bayreuth Patronatsverein the first Bayreuth Festival, and thus paid homage to his " musical God " Richard Wagner.

Böhler was married and had four children when he died in 1913 previously identified in a two-year heart disease. He was buried at the cemetery Hietzinger (Group 19, No. 166) in the family vault.


Böhler, has held nearly all the German composers from Bach to Mahler, as well as conductor and pianist of his time with shears. The original works are only few, mainly in museums, preserved. But his motives were as photographs, for example,, often brought on postcards circulated and reprinted in newspapers, even more can be found on his phone cards silhouettes.

  • Dr. Otto Boehler's silhouettes. K.u.K. Court and Univ.- bookstore in Vienna, K.u.K. Court manufactory of Photography Rudolf Lechner ( Wilhelm Müller), Vienna, 1914.

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