Franz Kamlander , © museum gugging

Franz Kamlander

1920 - 1999

The deaf Franz Kamlander grew up on a farm. His origins are incorporated in his numerous pictures of cows. Yellow, red or blue cows sprang swiftly and fluidly from his pen. Having never been introduced to sign language, he developed his own simple version of signing and made himself understood. He copied typical movements or gestures from his vis-à-vis and used them to denote that person. He was particularly talented in portraying all kinds of animals. Drawing from memory, he didn’t create lifelike representations, as much as animalistic visions.