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.