Lebenskünstler - LeisureArts - Notes

One of the nice things about Lebenskünstler is the way that it resonates with dilettante and slacker and evokes something like "the practioner of conviviality" - all major themes of LeisureArts.

Lebensfreude = joy of living
Lebenskunst = art of living
Lebenskünstler = master of the art of living
via: http://www.heilkunst.com/rebuttal.html [not a useful site]

The word is “Lebenskünstler.” It is a German word and connotes a person who approaches life with the zest and inspiration of an artist, although he or she may not be working recognizably as an artist.
via: http://www.iwwg.com/index.php?section=words [interesting award concept]

Lebenskünstler - chilled-out dude
via: http://www.proz.com/glossary-translations/german-to-english-translations/2 [obviously not very helpful]

Lebenskünstler - someone who knows how to live, survivor, a person who always knows to make the best of things [see our discussion of the bricoleur], bon vivant.
via: http://forum.leo.org/archiv/2005_07/01/20050701115507e_en.html [brief discussion of how to translate]

* Lebenskünstler ("life artist", someone who masters life in a somewhat eccentric way)
* -meister (primarily satirical usage)
via: http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2621&page=83 [nothing else relevant]

Oscar Wilde once purportedly said "I put my talent into my work, but my genius into my life." A suitable introduction to this week's entry, Lebenskünstler. Literally translated, it means "life-artist." ... He is a Lebenskünstler. Someone who pieces together his living from various activities that, collectively, bring in just enough money to live. No office, no suit, no boss, no rules. German has a word for such people, and English doesn't. There's even a higher form of Lebenskünstler, and that is the Überlebenskünstler, or "survival artist."
via: http://andrewhammel.typepad.com/german_joys/2006/02/german_word_of_.html [best portion here]

Lebenskünstler - one who recognizes opportunities in life and takes advantage or makes use of those opportunities to make the most out of one's own life; one who lives life deliberately and to the fullest capacity (concept from Henry David Thoreau of “living deep and sucking out all the marrow of life”); one who gambles with the outcome of his/her own life by seizing opportunity; one who makes living an art.

Lebenskunstler - artist of life

Lebenskunstler - an architect of his own achievements
via: http://www.theharmonicaman.net/lebenskunstler.htm [a bit more there - but sourced from a neo-nazi site!]

connoisseur of the art of living - Lebenskünstler {m}
via: http://www.dict.cc/english-german/c264.php [only relevant portion]

Lebenskünstler (life artist): someone who manages to get his living in an eccentric way (such as through piecing together odd jobs, mooching, etc. -- think of Kramer on Seinfeld)
via: http://kellysearsmith.livejournal.com/tag/words [only relevant portion]