By: Isidore Singer
Austrian painter; brother of the oculist Baron Emile Berger; born at Vienna Jan. 3, 1857; educated at the gymnasium, the commercial high school, and in 1874 at the Academy of Arts of his native town. Though intended by his father for a commercial career, he soon turned to the study of painting. He became the pupil of Professor Eisenmenger and the painter Hans Makart. Under the latter's direction Berger painted the pictures "Fondaco de' Turchi in Venedig," exhibited at the Vienna Künstlerhaus in 1882; "Burial of Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah"; and "Rebekah Leaving Her Father's House." Since 1882 Berger has lived and worked in Munich. His chief productions are "Traum vom Jungbrunnen," 1886, which obtained the silver medal at the Melbourne Exhibition, and "Altvenetianische Brunnenweihe," 1892.
Berger is also the author of "Beiträge zur Entwicklungs-Geschichte der Maltechnik," 1893-97; "Katechismus der Farbenlehre," 1898; and the articles "Van Eyck's Technik," in "Zeit. für Bildende Kunst," 1895, and "Pflege der Bilder in Gemäldegallerien," in "Kunst für Alle," x., etc.
- Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, s.v.