(Graz 1852 - 1927 Graz)


Alfred Zoff, son of a medical doctor, studied medicine at the University of Graz first, before he fully dedicated himself to painting and joined Hermann von Königsbrunn's painting class at the State Art School in Graz. During his years of study he went on many field trips to southern Styria and Carinthia. From 1880 to 1884 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna as a student of Eduard Peithner von Lichtenfels. Until 1890 he continued his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe as a student of Gustav Schönleber.
In 1907 the meanwhile respected Stimmungsimpressionist ("mood" impressionist) Zoff became a professor for still life and landscape painting at the State Art School in Graz. The Styrian landscape became his main subject but he visited Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Brittany too and used the oil sketches he made on those trips for elaborate oil paintings.
Zoff was honoured with the Silver State Medal at the International Jubilee Exhibition in Vienna (1888), the Archduke Carl Ludwig Medal (1899), the "Medaille de bronce" at the World Exhibition in Paris (1900), the Great Golden State Medal for his painting "Riviera Harbour" (1907) and the Golden State Medal in Graz (1910).
Zoff was a member of the Association of Artists of Styria, of the Künstlerhaus from on 1883 and of the Hagenbund from on 1900. The imperial court in Vienna acquired several of his works. Especially popular at the time were Zoff's seascapes.

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