Franz Bischoff (1864-1929)
Franz Bischoff was born in Bomen, Austria, in 1864, where he was expertly trained in design, watercolor, and ceramic decoration. He moved to the U.S. at the age of 21 and easily found work in ceramic studios in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. With a family to raise Bischoff accepted a job offer in Dearborn, Michigan, where he would ultimately open his own ceramic studio and school, where he would produce fine works and teach his craft to others. With his success in Dearborn, Bischoff opened a second school in New York. His successes were many, and Bischoff was soon known as “the King of the Rose Painters.”
In 1906 Bischoff and his family relocated to Pasadena and for the next two years his new dream home and studio was created along the lip of the Pasadena Arroyo. Franz Bischoff continued to work with ceramics in California, but his attentions were increasingly devoted to plein air and easel painting.
An expressive colorist, Bischoff was inspired by the landscape and harbors in southern California, and especially taken by the coastal scenery of the Carmel and Monterey area.