First lieutenant Remigius Geyling
1878—1974, Viennese figure from the world of art

Remigius Geyling was born into a family of painters who came to Vienna from the Netherlands in the middle of the 18th century and opened a glass painting workshop there. Father Rudolf Geyling took over the successful family business in 1880, and this had a strong impression on Remigius' life. His mother Maria's family relationship with composer Richard Heuberger later directed him towards the theatre. In 1910, he married Mathilda Weihs.

Geyling befriended many important figures of his time, especially the painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). He also collaborated with the architect Otto Wagner (1841-1918) on the furnishing of the Steinhof church in Vienna.

Remigius Geyling was drafted into the army on August 1st, 1914. He fought on three fronts, most recently on the Isonzo. In Javorca in the Tolminka valley, he and Lieutenant Géza Jablonszky left a permanent monument to their fallen comrades. On the Isonzo front, he made several study drawings and models of the church in Javorca, exhibited in 1917 at a war exhibition in the Vienna Prater. He received a war decoration of the Order of Franz Joseph, and several other decorations. From 1922 until his retirement in 1946, he worked at the Burgtheater. He was a renowned professor, the inventor of special projection effects and one of Vienna's most prominent figures in the art world.