Born on 23.04.1884 in Berlin, died on 26.01.1981 in Berlin. A German stage designer and painter studied at the Berlin Academy 1902/3 and took part in the famous “Berlin Secession” movement that year which brought him an expulsion from the school. During the 1909/10 lived and worked in Paris together with Picasso, Braque and Otto Freundlich. Together with Max Pechstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Georg Tappert formed the “New Secession” movement and “November Group”. Worked as graphics designer for the famous magazine “Sturm” and later in 1920 as a film decorator in the films “Der Gang in die Nacht (1920)” and “De Januskopf (1920)”. Labeled as “degenerated artist” and expelled during the Nazi years.
Heinrich Richter-Berlin was in the German pilot unit stationed in Macedonia between 1914 and 1918. He was mainly located in Skopje and Veles. During his period, he produced more than 150 drawings and watercolors with local scenes from Skopje, painted in a strong expressionistic/cubistic style. During his stay we met Wilhelm Morgner in Skopje during 1916. Morgner was also a member of the “New Secessionists” and good friend of Richter-Berlin. Several watercolors from this series are in possession of the author of this book.