The Salzburg painter Georg Jung is, besides his works of expressionist and cubist influence, of great importance for Austrian painting, especially for his contribution to New Objectivity. The abstract color studies of his late works are also of great importance. In addition to portraits and landscape painting, Jung also dealt with religious themes.
Georg Jung was born in 1899, the son of a hotelier in Salzburg. He grew up in a wealthy, upper middle class environment, and his father’s profession meant that he was always exposed to international influences. When he was just sixteen, he joined the army as a volunteer serving for one year. After the war he completed his school education and then went to study in Vienna. Initially he enrolled for philosophy and medicine. Apart from a life-drawing course which he did at the School of Applied Art, he was a self-taught painter. Travels to Berlin, Italy and France brought him into contact with contemporary movements in art. He then decided to devote himself entirely to an artistic career. From 1925-38, Jung was a member of the Hagenbund. In 1935 he took over from his father the management of the Hôtel de l’Europe in Salzburg and decorated this with frescos and furniture. These sometimes monumental works by the artist were lost for ever when the hotel was bombed in 1944. In 1939 he moved back to Vienna with his newly-wed wife, Borghild Solholm-Hansen from Sweden. In 1940 he entered military service as a private soldier; his art was deemed ‘degenerate’. After the war, Georg Jung was a member of the Secession until 1952. In 1957 he died in Vienna.