Egon Tschirch

Biography

Posters, currency, set designs. Born 22 June 1889 in Rostock. 1912-?: studied at the Berlin Akademie der Künste; he then had a studio in Rostock. c1920: founder of Vereinigung Rostocker Künstler. Designed Rostock Notgeld currency during inflation period, 1920-22. Worked for the Berlin publisher Safari und Vohwinkel and designed the occasional set design. Died 5 February 1948 in Rostock.

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Publicity, book design, calligraphy, type designs, trade marks. Born 1 September 1911 in See, Kreis Rothenburg. 1931-2: studied in Leipzig under Fred Gravenhorst. 1932: emigrated to Liberec, Czechoslovakia (to which numerous antifascists and Jewish artists had emigrated). 1935-7: attended art school in Liberec. Freelance work. 1939-40: studied at Leipzig Akademie für Graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe. 1940?-45?: military service. From 1945: designed bookbindings and jackets, and developed type designs for Horst Erich Wolter of VEB Typoart: one design was Tschörtner-Antiqua. Clients included City of Leipzig and Gewandhaus orchestra. 1973: awarded Gutenberg Prize and numerous medals at Leipzig international book exhibitions. During his career he designed over 500 books; his publishing clients included Insel, Neumann.

Writings by

  • Walter Amstutz (ed.), Who’s Who in Graphic Art, 2nd ed., Dübendorf, 1982., 1982.

Writings about

  • Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie, Munich, London, New Providence: K.G. Saur 1995- (from 1997: Munich only)., 1999.
  • Jürgen Gottschalk, ‘Notgeldscheine als Gegenstand der Gebrauchsgraphik’ (emergency money), Marginalien, no. 59, 1975, pp. 25-31
  • Vollmer, 1958
  • Marginalien, 1970, v. 37, opp. p. 17 (book covers) Hans-Joachim Walch, ‘Zum Schriftschaffen Helmuth Tschörtners’, Marginalien, 1970, v. 37, pp. 44-7.
  • Archiv für Buchgewerbe und Gebrauchsgraphik, Leipzig: Deutsche Buchgewerbeverein., 1934, p. 426 (poster)

Collections

  • Deutsche Buch- und Schriftmuseum, Deutsche Bücherei, Leipzig.