b. Elberfeld (Germany), April 11, 1904, d. near Gallizien (Carinthia), Sept. 7, 1981, painter and graphic artist. His work is indebted to E. Nolde and E. Munch, with its themes largely drawn from the landscape and population of Lower Carinthia; clear-cut outlines mark his rich designs.
Works#oil-paintings, approx. 400 woodcuts.
Literature#K. Sotriffer, W. B., Die Holzschnitte, Vienna 1973; H. Kuchling, W. B., Die spaeten Holzschnitte, 1982; H. Scheicher (ed.), W. B., 1984; W. B., Gemaelde, 1994.