Julius Victor Berger (1850-1902) in ca. 1880. Lithograph by Adolf Dauthage.
- Profession: Painter, professor.
- Residences: Vienna.
- Relation to Mahler: Julius Victor Berger (1850-1902) and Anna Sofie Moll-Schindler-Bergen (1857-1938) are possibly the parents of Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1881-1942).
- Correspondence with Mahler:
- Born: 09-07-1850 Neutitschein, Moravia. Julius Victor (Valentin) Berger. Native house No 257.
- Died: 17-11-1902 Vienna, Austria. Aged 52.
- Buried: 25-10-1904 Central cemetery, Vienna, Austria. Grave 14A-08. In grave with Franz Berger (aged 59).
Julius Victor Berger was an Austrian painter who is known primarily for his genre paintings and portraits. Julius Berger’s was the son of Ignaz Johann Berger, who was also a painter. He entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at the young age of 14. In 1874 he was granted a three year scholarship to study art in Rome.
Record of Julius Victor (Valentin) BERGER birth on 9th July 1850 in Neutitchein. Found by Milan Palák.
Record of Julius Victor (Valentin) BERGER birth on 9th July 1850 in Neutitchein (detail). Found by Milan Palák.
Upon returning to Vienna he briefly shared an apartment with fellow painter Jacob Emil Schindler (1842-1892) and his wife Anna Sofie Moll-Schindler-Bergen (1857-1938). While Schindler was traveling Berger began an affair with Anna. He was almost certainly the father of Margarethe (Grete) Julie Schindler (1880-1942), who was the half sister of Alma Mahler (1879-1964).
Berger became a professor of decorative painting at the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule in 1881, and in 1887 a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. Among his friends was the history painter Hans Makart. Berger’s most recognized work is the ceiling painting in Hall XIX of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Ceiling painting in Hall XIX of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna by Julius Victor Berger (1850-1902).