Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Willi Geiger

[Germany] (b 1878/d 1971)

"The son of a teacher, Willi Geiger was born in 1878 at Landshut. From 1898-99 he attended the Munich Arts and Crafts School, and later the Technical University, where he passed the state examination to teach drawing. Willi Geiger studied from 1903 with Franz von Stuck at the Munich Academy... (..) He was awarded with the National prize and the Schack scholarship for some of his early work and he traveled to Spain, Italy, and North Africa .. also awarded with the 1910 Villa Romana prize for his success as a graphic designer , (..) Geiger lived until 1914 in Berlin and then he went back to Munich to became a professor at the School of Decorative Arts. He copied paintings by the great Spanish painters Goya, Velasquez, and El Greco and became more and more specialized in Portrait painting. (...) After the seizure of power by the Nazis he was dismissed as a lecturer at the Leipzig Academy and his artworks were deemed "degenerate" by the authorities. During his retirement he continued to paint and after the war, in 1946 he began to taught again at the College of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1951 Willi Geiger received the Culture Prize of the City of Munich where he lived until his death in 1971."


Germany 1921 "Various Designs" (19,7,1) [Typo] Sc(137,...,143)

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