Johann Jakob

painter, graphic artist

born Erlangen, 20. Mar 1889

died Nürnberg, 05. Aug 1960

He attended the Nuremberg School for Arts and Crafts from 1904 to 1908 and was a student of Hermann Bek-Gran. From1909 to 1913 he worked as an employed commercial artist, in 1914 he finished his training as a self-taught painter. From 1914 to 1820 he served his military service and was a Prisoner of War in France. After his dismissal he worked as a freelance artist and teacher for drawing in Erlangen, until 1924 he had a studio in the orangery. From ^1924 ob he worked as a freelance artist in Nuremberg, first as a graphic artist, also working for advertising, then as a painter, getting specially engaged in landscape painting (….) He turned away from the local Nuremberg style coined by Rudolf Schiestl and Hermann Gradl and developed his own individual expressive form language. His mostly dark coloring became brighter in impressionist manner by the time. In the 1930s he was one of the leading Franconian landscape painters, in the Third Reich he was temporarily. He was a member of the Nuremberg Secession and in 1947 one of the founders of the Artists´ Association “Der Kreis” (“The Circle”) (...) Quoted from Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon, ed. by Manfred H. Grieb

Period: 20th c.