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Famous Austrians

Austria's 'great' sons and daughters have left their mark all across the centuries in politics, art, science and sport: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Mahler, Gustav Klimt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christoph Waltz to name just a few...

Famous Austrians

Werner Berg Museum Bleiburg: Sculptures by Harald Scheicher © Werner Berg Museum Werner Berg Museum Bleiburg: Sculptures by Harald Scheicher © Werner Berg Museum

Berg, Werner (1904 - 1981)

German-born painter Werner Berg was bewitched by the austere beauty of Austria's southern Carinthia, the picturesque villages and quaint farmhouses and the barren high Alpine meadows.
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Anton Bruckner © Österreich Werbung/Trumler Anton Bruckner © Österreich Werbung/Trumler

Bruckner, Anton (1824 - 1896)

Anton Bruckner, a giant of the 19th-century symphony, was born on September 4, 1824, in the rural town of Ansfelden near Linz. The Austrian composer was known for his symphonies, masses and motets.
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Sigmund Freud Museum Wien © Österreich Werbung/Kalmar Sigmund Freud Museum Wien © Österreich Werbung/Kalmar

Freud, Sigmund (1856 - 1939)

Freud is bound to be mentioned sooner or later whenever psychology is discussed. Even when his name is not cited, his ideas and terminology are frequently referred to – often without realizing that they owe their origins to his work.
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Haydn Portrait © Österreich Werbung Haydn Portrait © Österreich Werbung

Haydn, Joseph (1732 - 1809)

The father of the Viennese Classic, Franz Joseph Haydn, was not born in Vienna, but in the village of Rohrau in the eastern part of Lower Austria on 31st March 1732
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Friendensreich Hundertwasser Bad Blumau © AustrianNationalTouristOffice_Rogner Bad Blumau Friendensreich Hundertwasser Bad Blumau © AustrianNationalTouristOffice_Rogner Bad Blumau

Hundertwasser, Friedensreich (1928 - 2000)

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of Austria’s most famous avant-garde artists. His artworks reflect his philosophy, which is based on a harmonious interaction between nature and man.
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Angelika Kauffmann Museum © Adolf Bereuter Angelika Kauffmann Museum © Adolf Bereuter

Kauffmann, Angelika (1741 - 1807)

During the transitional period between the Baroque and the Neo-classical Ages, the Austrian province of Vorarlberg produced a painter - Angelika Kauffmann - who was to achieve both fame and popularity far beyond the borders of her homeland.
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Klimt Kuss © Belvedere Klimt Kuss © Belvedere

Klimt, Gustav (1862 - 1918)

The painter Gustav Klimt was born on 14th July 1862 in Baumgarten, a part of today's 14th district in Vienna. He is considered the main figure of Austria’s Art Nouveau.
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Oskar Kokoschka Plakatentwurf © Österreich Werbung /Trumler Oskar Kokoschka Plakatentwurf © Österreich Werbung /Trumler

Kokoschka, Oskar (1886 - 1980)

The Austrian artist, poet and playwright is best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes. His dramas, poems, and prose are significant for their psychological insight and stylistic daring.
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Niki_airberlin © Niki_airberlin Niki_airberlin © Niki_airberlin

Lauda, Niki (born 1949)

Niki Lauda is a worldfamous, former Formula One race car driver and three-time F1 World Champion. He has founded and run two airlines and was manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team for two years.
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Lavanthaus Museum Wolfsberg © Museum im Lavanthaus Lavanthaus Museum Wolfsberg © Museum im Lavanthaus

Lavant, Christine (1915-1973)

Christine Lavant who was born in Carinthia was an Austrian poet and novelist. Lavant made her breakthrough with her collection of poems "The Beggar's Bowl" in 1956.
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Denkmal Franz Lehar, Stadtpark Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun Denkmal Franz Lehar, Stadtpark Wien © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

Lehár, Franz (1870 - 1948)

Franz Lehár was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is known for his operettas of which the most successful and best known is "The Merry Widow" (Die lustige Witwe).
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Gustav Mahler © Österreich Werbung Gustav Mahler © Österreich Werbung

Mahler, Gustav (1860 - 1911)

Gustav Mahler was born into a poor Jewish family in the town of Kalište in Bohemia on 7th July 1860. Mahler's considerable musical talents, which he employed both as composer and conductor, were surpassed only by his ambition.
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Mozart Skulptur © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Mozart Skulptur © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756 - 1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - one of the greatest composers of all times. He created his own distinct style, blending traditional and contemporary.
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Franz Schubert © Österreich Werbung/Trumler Franz Schubert © Österreich Werbung/Trumler

Schubert, Franz (1797 - 1828)

Franz Schubert was a Viennese composer, who composed his first pieces in his childhood. His short life was marked by tremendous creativity.
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Johann Strauss Memorial Vienna © Österreich Werbung, Mayer Johann Strauss Memorial Vienna © Österreich Werbung, Mayer

Strauss, Johann (1825 - 1899)

Johann Strauss II was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King".
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Johann Strauss Senior Memorial Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Diejun Johann Strauss Senior Memorial Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

Strauss, Johann - Father (1804 - 1849)

Johann Strauss I was born in Vienna. He was an Austrian Romantic composer and was famed for his waltzes. His most famous piece is the Radetzky March, while his most famous waltz is probably the Lorelei Rheinklänge, Op. 154.
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Franz von Suppé © AustrianNationalTouristOffice_Diejun Franz von Suppé © AustrianNationalTouristOffice_Diejun

Suppé, Franz von (1819 - 1895)

Franz von Suppé or Francesco Suppé Demelli was an Austrian composer and conductor of the Romantic period, notable for his four dozen operettas.
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Otto Wagner Church © Österreich Werbung/Popp-Hackner Otto Wagner Church © Österreich Werbung/Popp-Hackner

Wagner, Otto (1841-1918)

Otto Koloman Wagner was an Austrian architect and urban planner. He is known for his lasting impact on the appearance of his home town Vienna, to which he contributed many landmarks.
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Wolf, Hugo (1860 - 1903)

Hugo Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision, but utterly unrelated in technique.
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