Fritz Klimsch is one of the most important German sculptors of classical modernism. During his lifetime, he gained great prominence through his wife's act.
On his honeymoon in Paris, Klimsch became acquainted with the works of Auguste Rodin in 1894, which impressed him with great vitality, form and expression. The pupil of the Berlin sculptor Fritz Schaper is also influenced artistically by study trips to Italy and Greece.
Together with Walter Leistikow and Max Liebermann Klimsch founded the Berlin Secession in 1898, at the exhibitions of which he is regularly represented. He makes portrait busts of artist colleagues such as Lovis Corinth, Max Slevogt and Liebermann, as well as personalities of political life such as Paul von Hindenburg.
While his work was influenced by the spirit of Art Nouveau in its early years, Klimsch is increasingly turning to classical forms, which after 1933 led to their being appropriated by the National Socialists. After the end of the war, the artist settles in Schwarzwald, where he produces only a few small-scale works. In 1960 he was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit.
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