Historical office of Franz Grillparzer

Franz Grillparzer's office at the "Hofkammerarchiv", Vienna.

Franz Grillparzer’s office at the “Hofkammerarchiv”, Vienna.

The Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872) did not only write a lot of interesting plays, a bunch of pessimistic poems and an autobiography recapitulating his life in darkest colors. Maybe one of the reasons for his pessimism was his role as a part of imperial bureaucracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire? From 1832 to 1856 he was the director of the “Hofkammerarchiv”, an archive of documents concerning the finances of the empire. He did not really like his job – but how could he, as a pessimist?

In the building of the “Hofkammerarchiv” at Johannesgasse 6 in the city of Vienna Grillparzer’s office was kept in it’s historical state. For a long time it was inaccessible, but in April 2015 the building – and with it Grillparzer’s office – was opened to the public as a Museum of Austrian Literature “Literaturmuseum” that is part of the Austrian National Library.

I visited it when it was opened and drew the office with it’s beautiful Biedermeier furniture. It took me about 30 minutes, is done with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen F black and Caran d’Ache Pablo colorpencils. 26,5 x 21,5 cm.


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