Franz Heckendorf (1888 –1962), German

Born in Berlin on 5th November 1888, died in Munich on 17th August 1962. He studied at the Academy of Decorative Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts and had his first exhibitions in the Berlin Secession as early as in 1909. His first paintings were focused on impressionism and mainly showed motives he had seen as a pilot during the Great war, like the landscapes of the Balkans and Mesopotamia. It took Heckendorf some time to develop his own style that was closer to expressionism. This was the case when he stopped concentrating on depicting nature and started focusing on an elevated impressionable depiction. Alongside numerous oil paintings, Franz Heckendorf painted pastels and watercolors and worked as a graphic artist.

The artist had to deal with difficult circumstances during the reign of the Nazis, who call his works degenerated.  Between 1943-45 he was convicted for helping his Jewish friends escape and was sent to the concentration camps Waldshut and Mаuthausen. After the end of the war, he worked as a professor, first at the Vienna Academy, later in Salzburg and finally in Munich until his death. More information about this artist can be found on http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Heckendorf

 

Franz Heckendorf visited Macedonia, more precisely the city of Thessaloniki in 1916 where he made several etchings and lithographs. A litho with title “vor Salonika” is in the collection of the author of this lexicon

Franz Heckendorf 1888-1962 In Saloniki 1916 etching
Franz Heckendorf 1888-1962 In Saloniki 1916 etching
Franz Heckendorf 1888-1962 Landscape near Saloniki 1916 lithography
Franz Heckendorf 1888-1962 Landscape near Saloniki 1916 lithography
Franz Heckendorf ( 1888-1962) Landscape in front of Saloniki 1916 lithography
Franz Heckendorf ( 1888-1962) Landscape in front of Saloniki 1916 lithography

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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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