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Hermann Glöckner (21 January 1889 – 25 May 1987) was a German painter and sculptor. He was an important representative of constructivism.


Glöckner was born in Dresden-Cottamarker. He attended the vocational school in Leipzig in 1903 and worked as a designer for textiles. From 1904 to 1911 he attended the evening classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule Dresdenmarker, where he became friends with Kurt Fiedler. Their lecturer, Carl Rade, was later a renowned professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Artsmarker and remained a friend of Glöckner for many years. Glöckner was mainly interested in drawings, but also in projections and geometry. From 1914 to 1918 he served in infantry divisions in France, Russia, and Poland.

After World War I Glöckner earned some money with the copying of paintings for the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meistermarker. At the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts he studied at Otto Gussmann from 1923 to 1924. Hans Grundig was among his fellow students. His experimental style, however, did not find everyone's appreciation and Glöckner left the academy again. As a freelancer he turned to constructivism ever deeper during the following years. In 1932 he became member of the re-founded Dresdner Sezession.

Glöckner lost his home during Bombing of Dresden in World War II and moved to Loschwitzmarker. Because of his formalist style, the officials of the GDRmarker refused him the appreciation he deserved for a long time. In 1979 he received a permanent visa for the Federal Republic of Germanymarker. Finally, in 1984, he was awarded with the National Prize of the GDR and the DEFA dedicated a film to him. In his later years he regularly visited West Berlin, where his cohabitee lived and where he died in 1987. Glöckner's urn was entombed in Loschwitz.

Further reading

  • Hermann Glöckner – Ein Patriarch der Moderne. Ed. by John Erpenbeck. Der Morgen. Berlin 1983
  • Die großen Dresdner. 26 Annäherungen. Ed. by Karin Nitzschke. Insel Verlag. Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig 1999
  • Günter Meissner: Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. K.G. Saur Verlag 1992. pp 198-201


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