Ernst Fuchs Moses and the
"This world of
imagination is the world of eternity; it is the divine bosom into which
we shall go after the death of the vegetated body. This world of
imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation, or
vegetation, is finite and temporal. There exist in that eternal world
the permanent realities of every thing which we see reflected in this
vegetable glass of nature. All things are comprehended in their eternal
forms in the divine body of the savior, the true vine of eternity, the
-- William Blake
he Society for the Art of Imagination was founded by the artist Brigid Marlin. The society began in 1961 in England as
the Inscape group of artists meeting together in an informal way to work
and exhibit together, to study with a
subjects, and revive some
of the forgotten crafts of painting. They took
their name from a word invented by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins
meaning 'Inner Landscape'.
Brigid Marlin Self
inspired by the work and teaching of Prof. Ernst Fuchs, founder of the
Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. They exhibited in Vienna, and in Paris with them, and went on to exhibit as a group around the world. For
seven years the group traveled to Austria to the Summer Mische Technik
(Mixed Technique) Seminars held at Castle Wartholz in Reichenau-and-der-Rax in the Austrian Alps, founded by Ernst Fuchs,
developed by Wolfgang Männer and continued by Philip Rubinov-Jacobsen,
to learn the egg tempera/resin-oil technique of the old masters as
revived and taught by Ernst Fuchs.
Society for Art and Imagination is fortunate in having Prof.
Ernst Fuchs as Honorary President. He is a founder member of the Vienna
School of Fantastic Realism and is its most prominent member. He has
recently been commissioned to establish a Museum of Fantastic Art in the Saxe-Coburg Palace
in Vienna. His art and dedication to the cause of art is an inspiration
to all those working in this vein.
In his book
"Architectura Caelestis" Prof. Fuchs writes of the "...mysterious
greatness of man which was able to construct the electronic brain, the
computer, ... but which also creates art, (which) works the purposeless
and incalculable, immutable through nothing and by no one.
...Art in its
deepest essence is the glorification of existence, the only true form
worthy of man.... Without this vital medium we cannot bring forth
culture; without its expression of creative man the increasingly
powerful reign of the machine cannot be overcome... For the assertion of
his creation is identical with the recognition of true order... a
revelation of the human world in the cosmos."
In 1993 at a
conference at Gravenegg Castle near Vienna Prof. Ernst Fuchs urged the
world-wide promotion of Imaginative Art and suggested that there should
be a Museum for Fantastic Art.
was taken up by Mauro Albarelli, who organised the largest exhibition of
Fantastic and Visionary art ever staged. It took place in Venice and was
attended by a record number of people.
followed in 1997 by an exhibition held in Germany at the Villa
Rolandcheck Galleries, near Bonn.
Rosemarie Bassi, an artist herself hosted this exhibition, which was
another outstanding success.
Ernst Fuchs, The
Triumph of the Unicorn,
1952, etching, 69.5x31.7cm
we thought that there should be an event in England; home of Blake,
Richard Dadd, and the Pre-Raphaelites. The members of Inscape decided
that the time had come to expand their membership, to take on a more
formal structure, and to explain more clearly what we represent. We
would now be known as The Society for Art of the Imagination.
1997 at a conference in Vienna the Saxe-Coburg Palace was designated as
the home for a future Museum of Fantastic Art. The palace has since been
acquired and the museum is now under construction under the supervision
of Prof. Fuchs. There are tentative plans to establish a sister museum
in Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.
event of our Society is the Art of Imagination at the Mall Galleries in
Rogers of Chicago has become our patron and donates £10,000.00 every
year to be awarded as prize money and Daler-Rowney have also established
an award of £500.00 worth of art materials. Each exhibition has been
very successful, and we have members now from all over the world, and
are still planning and growing.
All artists working in
vein are invited to join the Society for the Art of Imagination.
The Society for the
Art of Imagination runs a prestigious annual Open Exhibition at
the Mall Galleries, London, with cash prizes worth £10,000.
The next annual Open
Exhibition is set for October 2-7, 2000.
Diana Hesketh Leopard
For further information
The Society for the Art of Imagination
P.O. Box 240
GB-Berkhamstead HP4 1HE
Tel: +44 1 442 25 4259
Fax: +44 1 442 86 4454