Hartmuth Pfeil

Biography

Posters, trademarks, publicity, illustrations. Born Wilhelm Heinrich Hartmuth Pfeil 13 February 1893 in Höchst a.M. 1910-14: studied at the Munich Kunstgewerbeschule: a teacher was Julius Diez. Pilot in First World War. From 1924: lived in Darmstadt. 1924-40: designed for the printing firm Roetherdruck, Darmstadt. 1924-41: designed for the journal Darmstädter Tageblatt. 1928-9: head of the printing and graphics class, Kunsthochschule, Frankfurt a.M. From 1929: designed for the printing firm Fichtel & Sachs, Schweinfurt. 1941: awarded Culture Prize, City of Darmstadt. From 1948: designed for the journal Darmstädter Echo.

Writings about

  • H.K. Frenzel, ‘Advertising in Germany in 1930’, Modern Publicity, 1930, pp. 102-9, 131
  • Georg Hartmann (Festschrift for 75 th birthday), Frankfurt a.M.: Der goldene Brunnen, 1946, drawing, p. 130
  • E. 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. 20
  • Karl August Kroth, ‘Hartmuth Pfeil’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., July 1938, pp. 3-18
  • Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., April 1940
  • Karl Hans Walter, ‘Funktion und Gestaltung der Schutzmarke’ (logos), Graphik, 1951, 5, pp. 232-5
  • Vollmer, 1962.
  • E. Hölscher, comments on HP’s work and career, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Sept. 1953, pp. 60-61
  • Eberhard Hölscher, ‘Modern menus and wine-cards’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., 1929, v. 2, pp. 40-49
  • Paul Pfund, ‘German advertising art 1936’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., March 1936, pp. 3-61, esp. pp. 5, 27 (posters)
  • note on HP and Bauer Typefoundry, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., May 1939, p. 64

Exhibitions

  • Hessische Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, 1953
  • Darmstadt, 1958
  • Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hannover, 1964 (group).