Richard Gessner (1894–1989), German

Born on 29th of July 1894 in Augsburg, died on 13th of February 1989 in Dusseldorf. He was a German painter and co-founder of the important German expressionist artist circle known as „Das Junge Rheinland“.  He studied from 1913 at the Düsseldorf Academy with Leo Spatz and Max Clarenbach.  During the first world war, he served the German army as official War painter in Macedonia in the period 1915-1918.  After the return to Dusseldorf, he continued his study until 1921 as a master student.  In 1919 he was a founding members of the artist circle “the Junge Rhineland”.  In the ’20’s he married with the painter and art collector Lore Kegel.  His works can be found in numerous museums.  During his career he was a friend and colleague with Ernst Barlach, Otto Pankok, Gert Heinrich Wollheim, Marc Chagall, Franz Marc, Oskar Kokoschka, August Macke and other important artists of the 20th century who influenced his life and artistic style.

 

One work from his Macedonian period has been sold via the auction house Stahl , Hamburg, German on 16 June 2007 (lot number 102) “Turkish market street, Uskub 1917”. Several examples of his Macedonian etchings and graphic works have been published in the book: “Richard Gessner – Early Graphic works 1913-1924 and are also in the collection of the author of this lexicon.

Turkish Bazaar, Uskub 1919. watercolor
Turkish Bazaar, Uskub 1919. watercolor
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Turkish market street decorated for St.-Cyril holiday Uskub 1917
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Turkish market street decorated for St.-Cyril holiday Uskub 1917
Richard Gessner 1894-1989Aus Mazedonien Uskub 1919 etching
Richard Gessner 1894-1989Aus Mazedonien Uskub 1919 etching
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Aus Mazedonien Uskub Moschee1917 etching
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Aus Mazedonien Uskub Moschee1917 etching
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Uskub Mazedonien 1917gouache
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Uskub Mazedonien 1917 gouache
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Uskub Mazedonien 1917 oil on canvas
Richard Gessner 1894-1989 Uskub Mazedonien 1917 oil on canvas

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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