Andreas Paul Weber
Arnstadt 1983 - 1980 Ratzeburg
Die alte Laterne
Lower right with pencil hand signed
Bottom left with the red "Clan-Presse" stamp
Sheet size: 65 x 53.5 cm
Authenticity is guaranteed.
Andreas Paul Weber visits the Realschule in Arnstadt from 1903 to 1910 and briefly the arts course in Erfurt. In 1908, the artist follows the "Jungebird", a movement that searches a new lifestyle in hiking and in the natural way of life. At the same time, he undertakes first lithographic attempts and is active as an effective graphic. In the event of the outbreak of the First World War, Weber's military service proves as a railway pioneer on the Eastern Front, where he has been working as a draftsman for an army newspaper since 1916. After the end of the war, Weber illustrates numerous books such as Till Eulenspiegel, Reineke Fuchs or the time-critical work "of the contemporary" of Hjalmar Kutzleb, with which he initial successes. In 1925 he founded the "Clan Presse", where he produces together with his son Christian Signets, Exlibris and advertising artworks. Weber closes in 1928 to the "resistance circle" against the growing National Socialism. In the years 1931-36 Weber is together with Ernst Niekisch co-editor of the magazine "Resistance". He also designed for the "resistance publisher" book outfits and political-satirical illustrations. Weber is down in Schreetstaken at Mölln and closes acquaintance with Johannes Evil, the head of the "Griffelkunst-Assion" in Hamburg. But in connection with the persecution of the "resistance circle", Weber also comes in staple juice, the concentration camp Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel and in prisons in Berlin and Nuremberg. There, however, the drawing of unpolitical leaves will be permitted and the first "chess players" arise. After a journey in winter 1938/39 to Florida, Weber regularly creates leaves for the "Griffel Art Association" for which he supplies 157 lithographs by 1980. 1939-41 The image cycles "Leviathan" and "wealth from tears" are created, which are published as "British pictures" in Nibelungen-Verlag Berlin. For the outbreak of the Second World War, Weber will be called for military service. After the end of the war, he creates critical lithographs on current topics and also works in 1954-67 at the magazine "Simplicissimus". Weber's work is experiencing recognition: In 1951, the "Stellelkunst-Assion" founded an "A.-Paul-Weber Kreis", which also secures him the material foundation, in 1955 he receives the art prize of the country Schleswig-Holstein and 1963 the Hans-Thoma Medal. In 1971, the appointment follows the professor and the awarding of the large Federal Merit Cross. Numerous major international exhibitions accompany his work. In 1973, the A. Paul Weber Museum opens in Ratzeburg. Weber dies on November 9, 1980. The significant German lithographer, draftsman and painters leaves an extensive oeuvre, especially time-critical, satirical leaves.