Hugo Noske (1886-1960) was another amazingly skilled Viennese artist specialized in color woodcuts. The Secession had brought to Austria, and to Vienna in particular, all manner of artistic ideas from Japan, Pan-European Art Nouveau and Art Deco, as well as Anglo-Saxon Arts and Crafts. Yet, many Austrian artists, such as Noske internalized diverse ideas only to re-form them into something wholly their own. Hugo Noske, from whom very little is known biographically, became a specialist of the painterly still-life color woodcut. He was married to Sophie Noske-Sander (1884-1958), who was also an artist and briefly served as director of the Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs, in Vienna in the 1930s. This presumes he lived there as well. He is mentioned in The Studio in 1928 and is said to have been an enamel painter, in addition to being a fine artist. Hugo Noske’s wife was also pluridisciplinary and her work at times resembles her husbands. This makes us believe Hugo Noske and his wife may have often worked collaboratively, making a living producing fine and applied arts, based on what sustained them financially. Any additional biographical information about either artist is welcome.
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