Fig1: Hirsch Family ca. 1890 -92
Fig1: Hirsch Family ca. 1890 -92

Taken in Vienna; L-R: Felix, Ernst, Alice, and mother Theresia. Note that the brothers later would change their surnames; Felix to Harta, and Ernst to Reinhold. Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.2:  Elisabeth Hermann 1890
Fig.2: Elisabeth Hermann 1890

Elisabeth (Elly) as a little girl. Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.3:   F.A. Harta  1900
Fig.3: F.A. Harta 1900

Harta is sixteen years of age in this photo; Photo Credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig 4:  Harta Painting 1905
Fig 4: Harta Painting 1905

Harta would be approx 21 yrs of age. There are several unidentified Oil paintings hanging in his studio that likely correlate with his Work Catalog. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig.5:   Bruges 1910 - 1911
Fig.5: Bruges 1910 - 1911

Harta is on a study trip in Bruges, where he paints many scenes of rural life. He is accompanied on this trip with his good friend, the painter Hans Eder. Photo credit © Salzburg Museum.

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Fig 6:  Felix Albrecht Harta ca. 1912
Fig 6: Felix Albrecht Harta ca. 1912

Harta would be approx 28 yrs old in this photo. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig:7. Elisabeth Hermann 1911 -14
Fig:7. Elisabeth Hermann 1911 -14

Elisabeth(Elly) comes from Hietzing where her father. Gustav owned a well-known furniture factory in Vienna. Harta and Elly marry on April 22, 1914. She was very interested in literature, poetry, and dreams. She also could paint, and had several exhibitions of her folk art. She also translated Sanskrit poetry into German. Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.8:   Hermann House 1882
Fig.8: Hermann House 1882

Painting of the house that Elisabeth Harta's parents moved into circa 1902. The Hermanns owned the garden plot that Gustav Klimt would rent from them in 1911. Photo credit: Georg Becker-Klimt Society

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Fig.9: Hermann House Present View
Fig.9: Hermann House Present View

The home where my grandmother Elisabeth Hermann was raised. Photo courtesy of Georg Becker and Feliciztas Schereier, Klimt Society.

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Fig 10:  Gustav Klimt's Last Studio
Fig 10: Gustav Klimt's Last Studio

In 1911, Klimt had to give up his studio, and was looking to rent beyond Vienna. Harta, and his then friend, Elisabeth Hermann recommended the small garden cottage in Vienna's 13th district Hietzing, Feldmühlgasse no.11 owned by Elisabeth's parents, Josef and Helene Hermann who then rented it to Klimt. In 1916, Harta with his wife and daughter, Eva moved into the House on Feldmühlgasse 12 directly opposite Klimt's studio. Photo credit © Klimt Society.

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Fig.11:  F.A. Harta with Baby Eva 1915
Fig.11: F.A. Harta with Baby Eva 1915

Harta proudly holding his daughter, Eva Maria. This photo has to be very early Jan of 1915, since Eva was born on Dec, 31, 1914. Egon Schiele allegedly drew baby Eva, but the drawing is lost(EKB, Diss, Vol. 1, pg. 32). Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.12:  Elisabeth Harta with Baby Eva 1915
Fig.12: Elisabeth Harta with Baby Eva 1915

Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.13:   War Painter c.a. 1917
Fig.13: War Painter c.a. 1917

On Nov 6th,1916 Harta was drafted, and entered the military. He is stationed in a replacement division in southern Yugoslavia, but requests allocation to become a war painter. A recommendation from Gustav Klimt gets him reassigned. Photo credit © Salzburg Museum.

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Fig.14:  Harta in Uniform WWI 1917
Fig.14: Harta in Uniform WWI 1917

Harta served for two years in the military. He was appointed the rank of Captain, and deployed in various theaters of the war, spending a lot of time at the Russian front in 1917 and in the Italian theater of the war. (www.wikipedia.com). His paintings can be viewed in Section 1903-1920 of this site, OL86, & OL88-93. His numerous graphics can be seen in the graphics section of this site. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig:15:  Mirabelle Garden 1919
Fig:15: Mirabelle Garden 1919

Felix and Elly in Mirabelle Garden in Salzburg. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig.16:  Harta House on Flurweg in Morzg ca. 1920s
Fig.16: Harta House on Flurweg in Morzg ca. 1920s

F.A. Harta felt comfortable in Salzburg, and had a house built on Flurweg in Morzg in 1919. This is the house that Harta's son, Claude was born in evidenced by his comment written on the top right corner of the photo. The House is thought to have been purchased in 1928 by the theater director, Ernst Lothar and the actress, Adrienne Gessner(EKB, Diss, ff. pg. 41). Photo© Larry Heller.

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Fig.17:  Dürnstein, Austria 1925
Fig.17: Dürnstein, Austria 1925

Harta sitting on the right next to the Austrian Sculptor, Franz Zelezny(1866-1932). The man standing is likely the painter Georg Mayer-Marton. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig.18: Harta at an Exhibition 1925
Fig.18: Harta at an Exhibition 1925

Harta standing in front of one of many exhibitions during this period. He is approx 41 yrs of age. Photo © Larry Heller.

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Fig.19: Harta painting the Cellist 1926
Fig.19: Harta painting the Cellist 1926

Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig. 20:  Harta standing between Eva Harta & Gusti Wolf c. 1927-28
Fig. 20: Harta standing between Eva Harta & Gusti Wolf c. 1927-28

Gusti Wolf is adopted by Harta in the late 1920's. Gusti and Eva are like sisters. Gusti would go on to become one of Austria's leading actresses, and Harta would draw many pictures of her. Here they all are dressed in traditional Folk outfits.L-R: Eva Harta, F.A. Harta, & Gusti Wolf. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig. 21: Harta in front of his Fresco at the 1932 Fresco Exhibition at the Felsenreitschule
Fig. 21: Harta in front of his Fresco at the 1932 Fresco Exhibition at the Felsenreitschule

From August, 1931 through 1932, the exhibition: "Das Neue Fresko" took place at the Salzburg Festival. Harta is standing in front of a Fresco he created titled" Akte in der Landschaft(Nudes in the Landscape). Many notable Austrian painters contributed to this exhibit at the Felsenreitschule. Note this is the small stage featured in the Sound of Music. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate..

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Fig.22:  Harta playing violin while Eva looks on 1934
Fig.22: Harta playing violin while Eva looks on 1934

Harta loved music. At the age of 5, he began to take violin lessons.A well-known teacher at the time, Professor Stock, used to slap his fingers with a bow in the strict lessons, which did not lessen his enthusiasm. Up to the age of 19, he received lessons from the prime violinist of the Vienna Burgtheater Orchestra. He apparently would play concerts occasionally in the Chamber room of the Mozarteum.(as told to me by Eva Harta). Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig.23:  Harta in his Studo 1934
Fig.23: Harta in his Studo 1934

Harta standing next to his oil painting of "Girls in the Mountains" in his studio in Vienna. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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Fig. 24: Gusti Wolf and F.A. Harta in front of her Portrait 1935
Fig. 24: Gusti Wolf and F.A. Harta in front of her Portrait 1935

The pair are standing in front of Harta's oil painting of Gusti. This painting currently hangs in the foyer of the portrait gallery of the Vienna Burgtheater. Photo credit: Archive of the Salzburg Festival, Harta Estate.

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