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Die Dirne | 1950
Die Dirne | 1950
Die Dirne | 1950

Die Dirne | 1950

Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer

Sybba 1900 — 1968 Frankfurt am Main

Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer was born in Eastern Prussia. In 1902, his family moved to Frankfurt am Main, where Meyer completed highschool in 1917. He was drafted into the army shortly afterwards, and was captured by the Russians. In his youth he was primarily interested in the natural sciences, but after the war he decided to become an artist. After he was freed from captivity in 1919, he returned to Frankfurt am Main. From 1925 to 1927 he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Frankfurt, where he studied under Johann Vincenz Cissarz and became his master student. In 1928, Meyer moved into the master class of Max Beckmann. Beckmann exerted an immense influence on Meyer, not just in artistic matters but also on his politics. It was through Beckmann that Meyer got to know Lilly von Schnitzler. Meyer joined the German Communist party (KPD), and his political activities meant that he suffered reprisals under the Nazis from 1933 onwards.

 

Artist works

Die Dirne | 1950
The prostitute | 1950
Oil on canvas
75,5 x 55,5 cm
(Photo: Florian Stürzenbaum © Bild Recht Wien 2022)
Sitzender Frauenakt | 1928
Seated female nude | 1928
Oil on canvas
120 x 64 cm
(Photo: Florian Stürzenbaum © Bild Recht Wien 2022)
Kalter Krieger | 1954
Cold Warrior | 1954
Oil on canvas
84 x 58 cm
(Photo: Hubert Auer © Bild Recht Wien 2022)

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