The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism (German: Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus) is a group of artists founded in Vienna in 1946. It includes Ernst Fuchs, Arik Brauer, , Wolfgang Hutter, Anton Lehmden, Zeev Kun and Fritz Janschka, all students of Professor Albert Paris Gütersloh at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. It was Gütersloh's emphasis on the techniques of the Old Masters that gave the fantastic realist painters a grounding in realism (expressed with a clarity and detail some have compared to early Flemish painting) combined with religious and esoteric symbolism. Older members of the group were Rudolf Hausner and Kurt Regschek.


  • 1974 – Die Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus (C. Bertelsmann) (Johann Muschik) ISBN 3-570-06123-X (German language)
  • 2005 – Fantastic Art (Taschen)(Schurian, Prof. Dr. Walter) ISBN 978-3-8228-2954-7 (English edition)
  • 2003 – Die Phantasten – Die Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realisums (Stdtgemeinde Tulln) (German Language)
  • 2007 – Metamorphosis (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
  • 2008 – Phantastischer Realismus (Belvedere, Wien) ISBN 978-3-901508-44-8 (German Language)

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