George Kalmar Gallery
George and Vera Kalmar were both born in Vienna Austria, and were Jewish Holocaust survivors. Both of them were artists. George Otto Kalmar was born on November 16, 1913 and studied at the Kunstgewerbschule (now University of Applied Arts) in Vienna, together with Carlo Pietzner. A number of famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Karl Lagerfield and many others were part of the University’s staff or student body.
The Kalmars were able to make their way to the United States, and settled in New York City, where both earned their living through graphic design.
In 1962, the Kalmars were invited by Carlo to join the young Camphill Village Copake, which had been founded a year earlier. George became ‘artist in residence’ and was able to develop and continue his painting and sketches in a small studio attached to “Willow Lodge”, their home until his passing on November 12, 1994. Vera passed away some years later, in August 24, 1998.
Kalmar’s paintings not only adorned numerous homes in a number of Camphill communities, but was also exhibited both in the United States and Austria.
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Photo Credit: Thanks to Anne-Kathrin Weise for photographing the artwork.
Biography Credit: Thanks to Cornelius Pietzner for this biography.