Elfriede Stumpf

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Elfriede Stumpf (born May 11, 1921 in Vienna as Elfriede Kern ; † May 14, 2017 there ) was an Austrian painter, graphic artist and designer.


The daughter of a calculator from Marienbad grew up in Vienna-Währing . After graduating from the graphic teaching and research institute in Vienna, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1939 to 1944 , where she was a student of Ferdinand Andri's master class for painting and attended the legendary "evening nude drawing " with Herbert Boeckl . At the end of the war , the then 24-year-old began to work as an academic painter and graphic artist. Watercolors, oil paintings, works in tempera , sepia and ink as well as artistic book decorations were just as much a part of her works as the design of tapestries and postage stamps. After marrying the engineer Hermann Stumpf in 1951, their daughter Elfie was born.

In 1954 Elfriede Stumpf was commissioned to design the calligraphic design of the World Peace Prize certificate for the film actor Charles Chaplin . From 1954 to 1965 she worked as an illustrator for newspapers and book publishers. In addition, she took on commissioned work for ex-libris and cover designs and also works on the artistic design of sacred buildings:

She designed stained glass windows for numerous Austrian churches, such as in 1961 for the subsidiary church of St. Katharina in Lindabrunn , as well as the heraldic coat of arms windows of the parish church St. Veit von Laa an der Thaya . In 1962 she designed the cube-shaped tabernacle of the St. Ulrichs Church in Rohr im Gebirge .

An important order in 1964 was the design of 23 stained glass windows for the sister chapel in the Hermann pavilion of the Pulmological Center in Vienna-Baumgarten . This involved the figural design of the three central windows with the Holy Trinity as well as the abstract artistic design of the remaining windows to an extent of 70 m² made of colored glass.

In 1970 and 1972 she was responsible for the design of the "Domestic Animals" series of commemorative stamps for the Arab Emirates Sharjah & Dependencies (now part of the United Arab Emirates ), which consisted of a total of 28 values . At the beginning of the 1980s Elfriede Stumpf withdrew from the art world and devoted herself to caring for her mother and husband. After his death in 1989, she too was soon in need of care.

In 2007 an extensive "Lebens.Werk.Schau" took place in the Währing district museum , and in 2010 another retrospective of her work was organized by the Währing Art Association. Elfriede Stumpf died in Vienna at the age of 96.


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  • Berthold Ecker / Wolfgang Hilger (eds.): The sixties. A fantastic modern. The 1960s. A Fantastic Modernism. (Collection of the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna) Verlag Springer, Vienna - New York 2011, p. 536
  • Austrian Yearbook for Bookplates and Graphic Art, Vol. 69, 2015–2016, self-published by the Austrian Exlibris Society, Vienna 2016, p. 101, p. 120f.
  • Herbert Bichl: Währing - From summer retreat to residential district. A portrait of the 18th district of Vienna. Kral Verlag, Berndorf 2017, p. 74
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