Georg Alexander Mathéy

Biography

Books, illustration. German-Greek. Born 13 September 1884 in Hermannstadt, Siebenbürgen (now Sibiu, Romania). First trained as an architect at the Technische Hochschule, Budapest, then was an actor and set painter. 1910-15: studied at the Berlin Staatliche Kunstgewerbeschule under Bruno Paul (and was later his assistant), and master student (Meisterschüler) of Emil Rudolf Weiss. 1915-18: designed the art/literary journal Wieland. 1917: worked on the ‘Klingspor-Cards’ project for the Klingspor typefoundry (which published his illustrated Greek Year 45 years later). Worked at Count Harry Kessler’s Cranach Press, Weimar, and designed for Insel Verlag. 1921-9: head of the department of typography, book- and lithography printing at the Leipzig Akademie für graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe. 1924: editor at the Berlin publisher Dietrich Reimer. 1926: wall-paintings for Max Kuhn house, Leipzig. 1927: decorations for ‘the book-lover’s room’, International Book Art exhibition, Leipzig. By 1931: member of the Verein deutsche Buchkünstler (VDB). To 1933: designed bookbindings for the Deutsche Buchgemeinschaft, Berlin. From 1945: lived in Offenbach a.M. 1953-7: involved with the creation of the Klingspor Museum at Offenbach a.M.: he was its first director. He had illustrated books for the Cranach Press. Painted and designed the frescoes and mosaics at Casa d’Italia and the German Church , Athens. Died 1 January 1968 in Buchendorf near Munich.

Writings by

  • Das griechische Jahr, Offenbach: Gebr. Klingspor, 1952
  • Arkanum (with Adalbert Zoellner), Leipzig: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1929
  • ‘Entstehung und Herstellung der illustrierten Ausgabe des “Buchs vom Tee”’, Das Inselschiff, 1923, pp. 48-52
  • ‘Architektur des Buches’, Führer der deutschen Buchkunst. Sonderdruck des Archivs für Buchgewerbe und Gebrauchsgraphik, Leipzig, 1924, v. 1, pp. 41-7
  • Das schöne Buch der letzten fünfzig Jahre (supplement from the journal Form und Technik), Mainz, 1952
  • introduction in Karl Hermann Klingspor von seinen Mitarbeitern und Freunden zum 16. Dezember 1953, Offenbach: Gebr. Klingspor, 1953.

Writings about

  • Hanns Martin Elster (ed.), Georg Alexander Mathéy, Buchkunst, Graphik, Malerei, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1957
  • ‘Transsylvanius’, ‘Klingspor-Karten’ (postcards), Wieland, May 1917, p. 22
  • Wieland, April 1917 (designs for Geldscheine)
  • Joachim Kirchner, ‘Georg Alexander Mathéy’ (Buchkünstler der Gegenwart, 11), ZfB, 1924, pp. 1-16
  • Max Osborn, Georg A. Mathéy (‘Junge Kunst’ series, no. 54), Leipzig/Berlin: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1929
  • Vollmer, 1956
  • Elmar Jansen, ‘Der Buchgestalter Georg A. Mathéy’, Bildende Kunst, 1961, 9, pp. 634-5
  • Georg A. Mathéy, Buchkunst und Graphik (exh. cat.), Bielefeld, 1965
  • ‘Georg Alexander Mathéy gestorben’, Form und Technik, 1968, p. 115
  • Marginalien, v. 31, 1968, p. 80 (brief obituary)
  • HN, 1985
  • HAH, 1991
  • BDE, 1997
  • Benezit, 2006.

Exhibitions

  • Charlottenburg, 1925
  • Klingspor Museum, Offenbach a.M., 1952, 1957
  • Städtisches Kunsthaus, Bielefeld, 1965.