Hermann Bek-gran

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Hermann Bek-gran
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Born(1869 -09-20)September 20, 1869
Mainz, Germany
DiedJuly 9, 1909(1909-07-09) (aged 39)
Nuremberg, Germany
Alma materKunstgewerbeschule
Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
Known forPainting
Spouse(s)Marie Maison
Hermann Bek-gran
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Graphic artist
  • Karl von Beck (father)
  • Marie Magdalene Auguste Beck (mother)

Hermann Bek-Gran (September 20, 1869 – July 9, 1909) was a German-Jewish painter, graphic artist, typographer, and university professor.

Hermann Bek-Gran (née Bek) was born on September 20, 1869 in Mainz, Germany. He was the son of Karl von Beck and Marie Magdalene Auguste Beck (née Grann). He was educated at the Kunstgewerbeschule Nürnberg (School of Applied Arts, Nuremberg), and later enrolled at the Königlichen Kunstakademie in München (Royal Arts Academy, Munich) in nature classes on October 21, 1889.[1]

After university Bek-Gran worked as a freelance artist in Munich painting nature, portrait, and slice of life scenes. He also painted commercial graphics, posters, and ex-libris.[2] In 1902 Bek-Gran was a founding member of Der Bund Zeichnender Künstler in München. [3] Hermann maintained guest status with the Hagenbund.[4] In 1905, Hermann was appointed professor of hand-drawing at the School of Applied Arts, Nuremberg. He created the Bek-Gran font for the D. Stempel Type Foundry in 1906.[5]

In his personal life, Hermann married Marie Maison, together they had three children. Early in his career Hermann changed his last name from Bek to Bek-Gran (sometimes stylized Bekgran), adding his mother's maiden name as a hyphenate. He died young on July 9, 1909 in Nuremberg, Germany [6].

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  1. Akademie der Bildenden Künste München. "Matrikelbuch 3 (1884-1920) "00633 Hermann Bek"". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  2. Museum of Modern Art. "Hermann Bek-Gran, "Frühlingsfest" 1904". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  3. Universitätbiblothek Heidelberg. "Der Bund zeichnender Künstler in München". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  4. Kaiser, Maximilian. "Structure, Network, Discourse Anatomy of an Artists Association (Hagenbund)". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  5. Devroye, Luc. "Stempel's history, 1895-1955". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  6. Museum of Modern Art. "Hermann Bek-Gran". Retrieved 2020-03-17.

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