Walter Bosse is considered one of the most important post-war ceramic designers.
The man behind unique grotesque figures.
Born in 1904, Walter Bosse was a talented Viennese artist most notably known for both his animal and grotesque figurines.
He was the son of artists Luise and Julius Bosse, the latter was a portrait painter for the immperial court.
After graduating from the Viennese School of Applied Arts, where he studied ceramics under Michael Powolny and ornamentation under Franz Cizec, Walter Bosse went on to attend the Munich School of Applied Arts.While studying, he was also producing works which were being sold to the Vienna Werkstätte. In 1923, he opened his first shop in Kufstein.
His work rapidly gained popularity and in 1925, a selection of his pieces were exposed at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris. His complex fantastical figures had garnered attention for their grotesque nature with lips, eyes, fingers, that were produced in a childlike manner setting the stage for a confounding artistic playfulness.
In the 1940s, Bosse began experimenting with the process of coating his figurines with brass. It was a major success which prompted a line of brass and gold figurines and objects.
As an artist, Bosse often designed for Augarte, particularly in the 1920s. Indeed, his grotesque figurines “Boy with Ball“, “Man with Antelope“, “Girl with Vine“, and “Speaker” were all created in our manufactory in 1925. Refering to this creative time in his life, Bosse stated that his time at Augarten was his “happiest creative period” and that he was proud to have been counted among the students from the Viennese and Munich Applied Art Schools who were creatively driving the manufactory.