Otto Wagner Church

Otto Wagner Church

Title: Otto Wagner Church
Original: $450.00
Size: 10” x 7”
Medium: watercolor / Pen & Ink
Location & Date: Vienna, September 2007

George’s Postcard Note: On a tired, gray, drizzly day late in our trip, we pressed on to Penzing on the outskirts of Vienna via tram, bus and foot to this magnificent structure. We hoped to get in and did. The church is large and important – its client had been the reigning monarch. It was built between 1903-1907 on the highest hill of a large public mental hospital compound, Steinhof, filled itself with interesting art nouveau architecture of the period. To modern eyes the church mixes its strong Austrian-style art nouveau cubic form with the feeling of a traditional grand church. This is due to Wagner’s use of materials, especially those decorating its stunning central domed nave. The feeling inspired by the white marble interior, the luminous Austrian art nouveau stained glass windows and gold leafed-details was for me one of quiet spirituality. The space literally glowed and levitated when I looked up into the gold-leafed dome. The exterior forms and details had only hinted at this glorious interior! The evergreen trees and mountainside rising behind it give this structure a deserved setting.