Moriz Nähr (1859–1945). Photographer for Habsburg, Klimt and Wittgenstein. Catalogue Raisonné

Ed. by Uwe Schögl, Sandra Tretter, Peter Weinhäupl for the Klimt Foundation

Always in close contact with the well-off and art-loving Viennese society, the selftaught photographer Moriz Nähr counted the Habsburg imperial dynasty, the Wittgenstein family and the Viennese Secession among his most important clients. An innovator of photography in Vienna around 1900, Nähr also formed an inspiring friendship with the famous painter Gustav Klimt. It is its independent character that makes the photographer’s multifaceted work so convincing. His oeuvre encompasses portraits, genre scenes, city and nature views, as well as architectural and interior photographs of innovative presentations of exhibitions.

With glass negatives and original prints, the Klimt Foundation owns a significant part of the photographer's estate, which in 2018 provided the impetus for the artist's first museum presentation at the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Together with the photo historian Uwe Schögl, the Klimt Foundation is now publishing the first detailed catalogue raisonné including a monograph on Moriz Nähr. Contributions by well-known authors no longer perceive Nähr‘s oeuvre as a purely documentary pheno­menon, but also contextualize the aesthetic and historical connections with Viennese Jugendstil and the work of Gustav Klimt. First research results are already available as e-papers.

The catalogue raisonné will be accessible online and thus represents a further important research tool besides the Gustav Klimt database.