Wilhelm von Debschitz


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(b Görlitz, 21 Feb 1871; d Lüneburg, 10 March 1948). German designer, painter, teacher and theorist. His designs, which were influenced by the English Arts and crafts movement, were exhibited in 1899 at the exhibition of the Bayerische Kunstgewerbeverein (Munich, Glaspal.) and in 1901 at the first Ausstellung für Kunst im Handwerk in Munich. In 1902 he founded the Lehr-und Versuch-Atelier für Angewandte und Freie Kunst with the Swiss artist Hermann Obrist; the school's practical training in arts and crafts anticipated the work of the Bauhaus. When Obrist resigned from the school in 1904, Debschitz founded the Ateliers und Werkstätten für Angewandte Kunst and the Keramischen Werkstätten production centres attached to the school. He published essays on art theory in a number of periodicals, including Dekorative Kunst. In later years he lived at Bernau in the Black Forest, mainly producing textile designs.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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