- Anton Ažbe
He was born in a peasant family in the small
Carniolan village of Dolenčicenear Škofja Lokain Austria-Hungary(today, in Slovenia). At first he studied art in Ljubljanaunder the supervision of Janez Wolfwho introduced him to the style of the Nazarene movement. At the age of twenty he went to Vienna, where he attended the " Akademie der bildenden Künste". In 1884 he moved to Munich. Initially he attended the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, but in 1885 he left it in order to join the private painting school of Ludwig von Löfftz.
In 1892, he established his own school which soon became known under the name of "Azbe-Schule" and became one of the most renowned painting schools for young artists in the
Bavarian capital. Several famous painters, particularly those who arrived to Munich from Slavic countries, attended Ažbe's school, including Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky, Rihard Jakopičand Nadežda Petrović.
Ažbe was a renowned painter himself, although he created relatively few paintings. He died in Munich in 1905.
Other famous pupils who attended Ažbe's school in Munich include:
* Ambrožič, Katarina: "Wege zur Moderne und die Ažbe-Schule in München" (Recklinghausen: Bongers, 1988)
* Fäthke, Bernd: "Im Vorfeld des Expressionismus. Anton Azbe und die Malerei in München und Paris" (Wiesbaden: Verlag des Instutes für Bildende Kunst, 1988)
* Tršar, Marijan: "Anton Ažbe" (Ljubljana: Založba Park, 1991)
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