Thursday, May 26, 2016

Klaus Wittkugel

[Germany] (b 1910/d 1985)

"Klaus Wittkugel was one of the most important commercial and poster artists in the German Democratic Republic (1949–1989). For many years he was also a professor at the Berlin-Weißensee Arts Academy. (..) he undertook a commercial training in Hamburg between 1927 and 1929, while also attending the Hamburg State Arts Academy, and then studied in Essen at the Folkwang University of the Arts till 1932. (..) He then relocated to Berlin where between 1932 and 1935 was employed as a commercial artist by a retail chain. From 1935 till 1937 he headed up a studio with a Berlin advertising agency, after which he worked in Berlin as a freelance commercial artist until war intervened. (..)  In 1946 Klaus Wittkugel joined the newly formed Socialist Unity Party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands / SED) which in 1949 became the ruling party in the new Soviet sponsored East German state..In the meantime, between 1945 and 1949 he was employed as a graphic artist in the German (effectively East German) Central Commerce and Supply Department. He went on to work as the chief graphic artist for the Information Department till 1952. In 1949 he also obtained a teaching post at the Berlin-Weißensee Arts Academy, where he became a professor in 1952. He retained the professorship till his retirement in 1975..(..) Klaus Wittkugel  was also a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Postage Stamps Commission in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. "


East Germany 1958 "Antique Art Treasures (1st Series)" (2,2,2) [Litho] Sc(412,413)

East Germany 1959 "Antique Art  Treasures (2nd Series)" (4,4,4) [Litho] Sc(484,...,487)

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