Ludwig Koch (painter)

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Rodakowski in the battle of Custozza . (1908. Oil on canvas, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Vienna)
The croupade from Die Reitkunst im Bild
Ludwig Koch in his studio, 1903

Ludwig Koch (born December 13, 1866 in Vienna ; † November 26, 1934 there ) was an Austrian painter , sculptor and illustrator .


Koch was best known as a horse and genre painter . He was a long-time guest at the Spanish Riding School and has artistically recorded many lessons from the high school and school jumps. He also devoted himself to depictions from war history. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1883 to 1891 and was a student of Siegmund L'Allemand and August Eisenmenger . He then emerged with depictions of Austrian war history, so in 1889 he received the special school prize for the picture General Pappenheim . In 1891 he exhibited the painting Baptism of Fire by the Windisch-Grätz Dragoon Regiment at the Battle of Kolin at the Vienna Annual Exhibition .

Even before 1914, Koch was creating series of portraits and uniforms for the Austro-Hungarian Army , many of which were reproduced on postcards. His assignment in the Austro-Hungarian War Press Center was relatively short: after Italy entered the war , he was appointed a war painter on July 20, 1915 at the request of the Southwest Front Command, but had to be suspended again in the autumn of the following year (October 20, 1916) due to a kidney problem become. He then supplied the artwork for the panels published by the War Welfare Office “ Austria-Hungary's Wehrmacht in World War I ” and for postcards. Even after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy , Koch dedicated many works to the old army, but also created depictions of uniforms for the armed forces of the First Republic.

In addition to military subjects , scenes from Viennese times and the imperial family (e.g. oil painting ride of the Archduke heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand to maneuvers at the 590th art auction of Dorotheum Vienna, 1970) became the main themes of his genre painting.

Koch published several landscape collections and was an illustrator of many hippological works. His work, at least for riders, is likely to be “The Art of Riding in Pictures”. He was also a member of the so-called Siebener Club , an artists' association formed predominantly from architects (including Josef Hoffmann , Joseph Maria Olbrich and Joseph Urban ).

Ludwig Koch was buried in Vienna at the Hietzinger Friedhof in an honorary grave (group 39, number 241).

Works (selection)

  • “Emperor Karl VI in front of the Neugebuilding” by Ludwig Koch, 1930. Oil on wood, Berlin
  • Portrait of Friedrich von Beck-Rzikowsky , 1913. Oil on canvas, 90 × 70 cm, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum , Vienna.
  • Equestrian portrait of Colonel Maximilian Ritter von Rodakowski at the head of the Trani-Uhlans in the battle of Custozza on June 24, 1866 , 1908. Oil on canvas, 347 × 244 cm, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
  • Fanfares faded away , 1932. Oil on canvas, 128 × 171 cm, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
  • Colonel Brosch von Aarenau at the head of the Tyrolean Kaiserjäger Regiment No. 2 , 1925. Oil on canvas, 100 × 70 cm, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
  • Deployment of the Estates constitution formed on May 1, 1934 in front of the Vienna City Hall , oil on cardboard, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna

Individual evidence

  1. Walter Reichel: "Press work is propaganda work" - Media Administration 1914-1918: The War Press Quarter (KPQ) . Communications from the Austrian State Archives (MÖStA), special volume 13, Studienverlag, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-7065-5582-1 , p. 182.
  2. Liselotte Popelka: From Hurray to the corpse field. Paintings from the war picture collection 1914-1918 . Vienna, 1981, p. 10
  3. ^ Manfried Rauchsteiner , Manfred Litscher: The Heeresgeschichtliche Museum in Vienna . Verlag Styria , Vienna 2000, ISBN 3-222-12834-0 , p. 57.


  • Heinrich Fuchs: The Austrian painters of the 19th century . Self-published by Dr. Heinrich Fuchs, Vienna, 1972
  • Liselotte Popelka: From hurray to the corpse field. Paintings from the war picture collection 1914-1918 . Vienna, 1981

Web links

Commons : Ludwig Koch  - Collection of images, videos and audio files