Josef Dobrowsky received his artistic training at the Viennese Kunstgewerbeschule, from 1906 to 1910 he studied at the Viennese Academy as a pupil of Griepenkerl and Bacher. After Word War I he became a member, later an honorary member of the Secession. He was honoured with prizes and awards early on, for instance he received the Österreichischer Staatspreis and the Goldene Staatsmedaille. From 1946 until 1963 he worked as a professor at the Academy. During that period of time, he influenced generations of future artists. His artwork is represented in numerous musea as well as in private collections and is commonly regarded as a pillar in the development of modern painting in Austria.