Major British artist TONI BARTL

TONI BARTL (1912 - 1998) taught by Oskar Kokoschka and was influenced by Otto Dix, Gustav Klimt, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Otto Muller.See Artists in Britain Since 1945

 Born in Czechoslovakia 1912, died in Lincoln 1998, Tony came to England invited by The British Council as visiting artist and did not return.


 Tony graduated to the Prague Academy  where he was taught by Oskar Kokoschka and was influenced by Otto Dix, Gustav Klimt, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Otto Muller. The expressionist values of these painters can be found in Tony’s use of colour.


 In 1938, Tony’s sister married Dr Richard Weck, who was a communist and who moved to England while Tony stayed behind in Prague.  Bartl was befriended by Egon Adler who workedfor 20th Century Fox, and it was he who secured Tony the  job as their publicity manager from 1936 to 1941.



The changing political climate in Czechoslovakia more than disapproved of Tony’s communist views, he was imprisoned and moved to a labour camp near Vienna. Following the Russian advance on Vienna, Tony painted the Russian Officers in order to earn his passage and keep.

 His brother-in-law, Dr Richard Weck, was instrumental in getting Tony to England on a Visa through the Arts Council in 1947.


 Tony decided to attend Heatherly School of Art in London where he was introduced to the Principal  Ian Macnab.  As luck would have it McNab was friend of Marchbank Salmon, the Principal of Lincoln School of Art who was looking for a painter  to join his staff. Tony came to Lincoln in 1948, taking a room on Lindum Terrace, later moving to Duke William Pub on Bailgate, and spent his holidays between his work in Lincoln and his family in Cambridge.


Tony worked as Head of Lincoln School of Art and He became widely known and was a member of Lincolnshire Artists’ Society.


 In 1972, Lincoln Cathedral celebrated its 900 centenary with a festival. With the help of his students at the College of Art, Tony arranged and hung an exhibition of the work of invited artist John Piper.

 The following year, he was invited to design a sign for Usher Gallery which was fabricated by Hindles metal workshop in Lincoln, and was hung at the Gallery until its refurbishment in 2010.

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