Aloys Wach (also known as Wachlmeier or Wachelmayr) was born on April 30th 1892 in Lambach (Upper Austria). Soon he decided to start a career as a painter and from that time on he had to surmount varies difficulties. When he was refused by the Academy in Munich, he began in 1909 an artistic education in Vienna.

From 1912 to 1913 he studied at the private painting school of Knirr and Sailer in Munich, where he got to know the graphic artist Jacob Steinhardt. During a stay in Berlin he discovered the gallery “Der Sturm” and exhibitions of the “Blauen Reiter”. He also contacted the artists of „Die Brücke“. Impressed by the expressionism he worked for several expressionist journals between 1918 and 1922, such as “Sturm”, “Kunstblatt”, “Weg” and “Aktion”.

Also in 1913 he went to the Académie Colarossi in Paris, where he became friend of Amedeo Modigliani. The lack of money and experiences with intoxicants were a part of this excessive year. Afterwards Wach lived in Munich and Stuttgart. In 1919 he moved to Braunau am Inn. In 1923 he was founding member of the “Innviertel Künstlergilde” and one of its first “Gildenmeister”. Since 1930 he dedicated his work mainly to religious themes and created windows for the Spitalskirche in Braunau.

After the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany he wasn’t allowed to paint anymore. Aloys Wach died on April 18th 1940 in Braunau am Inn.

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