Jacques Faix

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Jacques Faix
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Born29 June 1870
Cause of deathNatural causes
Burial placeEternity cemetery Arad
  • Piano Building
  • Photography
Spouse(s)Máriei Faux and Ana Faix

Jacques Faix was born in Arad on 29 June 1870, where he followed the Arad technical school and gained his knowledge in building piano's. Starting 1889 he worked as a apprentice in the piano factory of Vienna of renowned Master Anton Pokorny Later starting 1895 Jacques Faix began working in different piano factories outside Romania. At the age of 25 he opened his own piano shop in the Kaiser's city (Vienna Hofmühlgasse 12) becoming appreciated in professional circles.

Establishing in Arad

Although his business was going very well in Vienna,in 1901 he had to move back to Arad at the request of the director of the Conservatory in Arad, who was commissioned by the Neuman Family to bring people of value for the cultural life of Arad. Starting 1901,he opened his own workshop which was focused on manufacturing and refurbishing of pianos in his home in Arad - Romania, located on Battyhány utca street no.25 (currently str. Episcopiei) where the production of a wide range of pianos begins

He played an important role in the cultural life of Arad. The artists who came to Arad often visited his house which was situated just above the piano workshop, where he would organize evening events.

The Photographer

Jacques Faix started as an amateur photographer and became a famous representative of the pictorial style. In terms of photography, especially due to the artistic level, his works are unique. In the period after the birth of his son the family travels a lot, both in Transylvania and in Austria and Switzerland, also frequently visiting Prague and Budapest. It's a fertile time from a creative standpoint of view for Jacques, who takes many pictures. Maria (his first wife) obviously liked to pose, she chose her outfits carefully and was immortalized by her husband in various poses. Faix's artistic work is closely related to the history of the Photo Club of Arad which was founded during his life period and immediately became very famous in the Austrian Hungarian Empire.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Arad was an important center of pictorial photography. Arton Matusik, Baron Laszlo Bohus, Emil Guld, Jacques Faix and many others were important names in the history of pictorial photography of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Jacques Faix has participated in many national and international photography competitions being awarded and appreciated. From what is known, two of the most important awards he has won are: In 1905 at the first exhibition of photography in Budapest and in 1911 he obtained a silver medal at the international exhibition in Paris.

The end of an Era

His artistic life ended at the end of the First World War due to the dire situation, social and economic He died in 1950,his body now rests in Eternity Cemetery Arad. [1]


  1. Jacques Faix az aradi klasszikus - Magyar Fotográfiai Múzeum 2004 - ISBN 963 8383 51 8 - ISSN 1217-1549

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