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Ludwig Bürgel

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Ludwig Bürgel
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Ludwig Bürgel, ca. 1931
Born(1901-08-27)August 27, 1901
Vienna, Austria
💀DiedMay 20, 1980(1980-05-20) (aged 78)
Salzburg, AustriaMay 20, 1980(1980-05-20) (aged 78)
🏳️ NationalityAustrian
🏫 EducationAcademy of Fine Arts Vienna
💼 Occupation
Known forArt on copper plate, Landscapes
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Ludwig (Pollak) Bürgel (August 27, 1901 – May 20, 1980) was an Austrian landscape artist.[1] One of his etchings was a view of Heiligenkreuz Abbey.[2] He was self taught and focused on color etchings. For a few months, Bürgel was appointed as mayor of Heiligenkreuz in 1944.[3]

Early life[edit]

File:Bürgel's Matterhorn.jpg
Matterhorn, Switzerland

Ludwig Bürgel was born on Agust 27, 1901 in Vienna, Austria. Bürgel's father, Ludwig Pollak, was a local magistrate, and his mother was Leopoldine Bürgel. In 1926, he took his mother's maiden name "Bürgel". In 1928 he married Leopoldine Glock. They built a home in Siegenfeld, near Baden.[4]


While in Vienna, Bürgel began to produce prints. In his spare time, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Professor Hans Massmann, a teacher at the art Academy. In 1922, he became a freelance artist. His etchings depicted naturalistic landscapes. He and his wife built a house in Baden and his half-sister, Helene, to lived with them. Bürgel and Leopoldine had their son Peter in 1933, followed by their daughter Victoria in 1940.[4]

Bürgel served as mayor of Heiligenkreuz, Vienna from the autumn of 1944 until the end of March 1945. He successor to Martin Spörk.[2] After the war, Bürgel left his home before the Russian occupied Vienna and he moved to Innviertel, Austria.[1]

Landscape painter[edit]

File:St Vincent Church.jpg
St Vincent Church, Austria

In 1949, the family moved to Seekirchen am Wallersee, Austria at Lake Wallersee where, after three years, Bürgel bought a plot of land on Bahnhofstrasse and in 1959 finished a house and studio.[4]

There was a Memorial Exhibition for Bürgel on August 27, 2001 in the rooms of the city office in the town hall of Seekirchen. Mayor Spatzenegger opened the exhibition.[5]


Bürgel painted until his death on May 20, 1980 in Salzburg, Austria. He died of heart failure at age 78. He was buried in the cemetery in Seekirchen am Wallersee.[2][better source needed] His wife managed his estate until 1997 when she retired at age 92.[1]

In his legacy, the city of Seekirchen named the dead-end frontage path that is near main street and the train station Ludwig Bürgel Weg.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pollak, Peter (2001-09-14). "Ludwig Bürgel". Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ludwig Bürgel, 1944 - 1945". Retrieved 2020-07-20. One of his most famous etchings, a view of Heiligenkreuz.
  3. Gugg, Anton (1945). Kunstschauplatz Salzburg: Lexikon zur Malerei, Skulptur. Austria: Anton Pustet. p. 76. ISBN 9783702504533. Retrieved 21 July 2020. Bürgel (Pollak) Ludwig, born in Vienna in 1901, died in 1980, lived in Seekirchen near Salzburg. The self-taught artist primarily created color etchings with vedutes and landscape motifs. The painter and graphic artist was a member of the Salzburger Kunstverein and the "Volksnahen Kunst". Search this book on
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dopsch, Elisabeth and Heinz (1996). 1,300 years Seekirchen: history and culture of a Salzburg market town. Seekirchen. p. 735. Search this book on
  5. "Ludwig Bürgel - Memorial Exhibition". Seekirchen. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  6. Ludwig-Bürgel-Weg, 5201 Seekirchen am Wallersee Nominatim map.

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