Anton Stankowski (1906 -1998)

« Stankowski was born on 18 June 1906 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. His most important teacher was Max Burchartz at the Folkwangschule in Essen, where — after completing an apprenticeship and his journeyman years as a decorative painter — he studied for three semesters, starting in 1926. After a short stint free-lancing for the Canis Advertising Agency in Bochum, the 23-year-old Stankowski was invited toward the end of 1929 to work at Max Dalang’s famous advertising studio in Zurich. This marked the beginning of an important time: Stankowski’s photographic and typographical work developed into a prototype for a contemporary advertising style, later called “constructive graphics.” Stankowski quickly made friends with people who later became known as the “Zuricher Konkreten,” Richard P. Lohse, Verena Loewensberg, Max Bill, and others. In 1934 Stankowski lost his work permit and he moved to Lörrach, Switzerland, before finally returning to Germany in 1938. In 1939 Stankowski founded his Grafische Atelier in Stuttgart. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the army and had to go to war. After the war, he connected with leading characters of the visual movement, such as Baumeister, Hugo Häring, Kurt Leonhard, Mia Seeger, Egon Eiermann, Max Bense, and Walter Cantz. Thanks in part to Stankowski’s work, Stuttgart became a Mecca for graphic design in the 1950s.
In 1972 Karl Duschek became a partner at in the Grafische Atelier, and important designs were developed for companies such as the Deutsche Bank and the Münchner Rück insurance company, for example. Increasingly, Stankowski concentrated upon painting, devoting himself to it completely until his death in 1998. During his lifetime, Stankowski received many honors, such as an honorary professorship from the State of Baden-Württemberg, the art prize from the City of Stuttgart, and, in the year of his death, the Ehrenpreis des Deutschen Künstlerbundes — the Harry Graf Kessler Prize — for his life’s work » Musée Stankowski0

Anton Stankowski – Reisebilder, 1949

Anton Stankowski – Reisebilder, 1949 arnet

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, I 1927

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, I 1927

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, II 1927

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, II 1927 arnet

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, 1927

Anton Stankowski- Foto-Auge, 1927

Anton Stankowski - Tunuri, 1927

Anton Stankowski – Tunuri, 1927

Anton Stankowski, Eisblumen, 1930

Anton Stankowski, Eisblumen, 1930

Anton Stankowski -fleur de glace, 1938

Anton Stankowski -fleur de glace, 1938

Anton Stankowski, Das Lächeln, 1938

Anton Stankowski, Das Lächeln, 1938

Anton Stankowski- Man and woman, 1930

Anton Stankowski- Man and woman, 1930

Anton Stankowsk die imaginären Porträt Augen, 1927 from Fotografien Photos 1927-1962 by Stankowski, Anton Tashen edition

Anton Stankowsk die imaginären Porträt Augen, 1927 from Fotografien Photos 1927-1962 by Stankowski, Anton Tashen edition

Anton Stankowski -Simultanvergrösserung (Simultaneous Enlargement) 1937

Anton Stankowski -Simultanvergrösserung (Simultaneous Enlargement) 1937

Anton-Stankowski-self-portrait, 1930s

Anton-Stankowski-self-portrait, 1930s

Anton Stankowski. Mecky Messer, 1928

Anton Stankowski. Mecky Messer, 1928

Anton Stankowski- Portraits and still lifes. 1932-1958

Anton Stankowski- Portraits and still lifes. 1932-1958

Anton-Stankowski-A carnival in Stuttgart 1939

Anton-Stankowski-A carnival in Stuttgart 1939

Anton Stankowski Notre Dame Paris 1930

Anton Stankowski Notre Dame Paris 1930

Anton Stankowski “Begrüßung Rüdenplatz” (Greeting at Rüdenplatz), 1932

Anton Stankowski “Begrüßung Rüdenplatz” (Greeting at Rüdenplatz), 1932

Anton Stankowski - Zeitprotokoll im Auto, Zürich, 1929

Anton Stankowski – Zeitprotokoll im Auto, Zürich, 1929

Anton Stankowski- Antitechnik, 1931

Anton Stankowski- Antitechnik, 1931

Anton Stankowski, Mirror bulb, 1930

Anton Stankowski, Mirror bulb, 1930

Anton Stankowski-Book jacket designed by Anton Stankowski, photograph by Dr. Fink 1963

Anton Stankowski-Book jacket designed by Anton Stankowski, photograph by Dr. Fink 1963

Anton Stankowski-self-portrait, Zürich, 1930

Anton Stankowski-self-portrait, Zürich, 1930

More about his work , painting, collage, sculpture design Here

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