Carl Wilhelm Tesche

Biography

Wood engravings, illustrations, labels, book jackets. Born 28 March 1901 (or 1904) in Barmen (Remscheid?); resident in Bergischen Land until 1945. 1919: trained at Kunstgewerbeschule, Barmen. 1921: trained at the Stuttgart Akademie under Ernst Schneidler; later freelanced in Wuppertal-Oberbarmen where he was living in 1939. Autumn 1940: start of military service. During his leisure time Tesche drew scenes in the towns in which he was stationed: Rennes, Danzig and others. His home, studio and collection of work were destroyed in an air-raid on Wuppertal. Tesche died in a Russian prisoner-of-war camp on 2 June 1945. The remains of his estate were looked after by his widow, Erika, a graphic artist Tesche had married in 1939.

Writings about

  • Walter Lorenz, ‘Carl Wilhelm Tesche zum Gedächtnis’, Illustration 63, Nov. 1984, pp. 88-91.
  • Eberhard Hölscher, article on wine labels, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., April 1933, pp. 2-25, esp. p. 25
  • Traugott Schalcher, ‘Carl Tesche’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., May 1934, pp. 31-5
  • Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., 1942, H. 6, p. 37
  • Walter F. Schubert, ‘Ausstellung in der Höheren Graphischen Fachschule der Stadt Berlin’ (wine labels), Die zeitgemässe Schrift, Berlin/Leipzig: Verlag für Schriftkunde Heintze & Blanckertz., Oct. 1933, pp. 3-6
  • T. Schalcher, ‘Carl Tesche’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., March 1939, pp. 37-44 with 4-page supplement