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Albert Windisch: 20 interesting facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Albert Windisch (May 17, 1878 – April 1, 1967) was a German painter, Academy Professor and typographer. Windisch was flourishing as a painter and as a typographer as well. As a painter, he preferred urban scenes and portraits and after 1945 mainly floral motifs. For Klingspor he intended in 1917 the Windisch cursive font, later he worked for the Stempel foundry.

Albert was born in Friedberg, Hesse, as a son of the bakery owner Georg Windisch Windisch who supplied the Grand Duke of Hesse and the Tsar’s relations during their stays in Germany. The residential and commercial building in Usagasse 14 in Friedberg hosts a bakery until today.

Windisch first visited the Royal School of Art in Berlin, then he studied at the Academy of Arts, Berlin and from 1901 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. From 1905 he taught poster art at the School of Applied Arts in Frankfurt and was in admittance with the art historian Fritz Wichert, their correspondence is preserved. With Wichert he worked upon the integration of the former School of Applied Arts (Kunstgewerbeschule) into the Städelschule. After the dismissal of Willi Baumeister by the Nazis Windisch had next to teach the classes of Baumeister.

Among his students were the vanguard known as degenerate artists defamed Kurt Scheele and Moritz Coschell, and the typographer Herbert Post. To Rudolf Koch and his circle he had a harmony and cooperation.

Windisch was from 1913 fanatic of the Deutscher Werkbund and a advocate of Weimar work of bibliophiles. From 1921 he belonged to the German Confederation of classified ad artist (local group Offenbach) and from 1930 he was the chairman of the Rhine-Main-group, this slant he held then after 1933, and in this role his state is written in the imprint of a proclamation of a speech by Joseph Goebbels at the Reichskulturkammer (Chamber of Culture) on November 15, 1933.

Until the 1960s Windisch taught at the Städelschule. Windisch donated drawings by Wilhelm Conrad in 1958 to the Frankfurt Art Association. About his life’s work, the Frankfurter Rundschau in 1958 wrote an extensive review upon his 80th Birthday, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on his 85th Birthday. He died in Frankfurt, aged 88.

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