Josef Weisz

Biography

Printer, woodcuts, wood engravings, botanical art, sculpture. Born 27 August 1894 in Munich. 1908: brief study as goldsmith. 1914: studied at the Staatliche Kunstgewerbeschule, Munich: a teacher was F.H. Ehmcke. 1916-18: military service in Russia, France, Belgium. 1919: woodcut series: Die Apokalypse . 1920: woodcut series: Genesis . From 1921: worked as a sculptor. Illustrated work for Gebr. Klingspor, Insel Verlag, Ernst-Engel-Presse among others. 1937: awarded Grand Prix and Gold Medal, Paris Exhibition. 1938: founded his press (to 1953). 1939 and 1943: military service, ended by his illness. From 1945: freelance designer and printer in Munich. Died 1 July 1969.

Writings by

    ‘Skulpturen und Holzschnitt’, Das Zelt , Munich: Ehmcke-Kreises, Heft 7, 1930
  • ‘Josef Weisz über sich Selbst’, Wandelhalle der Bucherfreunde, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, Oct. 1966, pp. 89-96.

Writings about

  • Comprehensive references to JW’s writings, literature about, exhibitions, in Bircher, 1995 and Schneider, 2002 (see below).
  • ‘Josef Weisz’ (60 th birthday), Der Polygraph, 20 August 1954, p. 870
  • Georg Kurt Schauer, ‘Josef Weisz, Holzschneider und Pressendrucker’, Imprimatur, 1954/55, pp. 151-4 plus 4-page supplement (and 4-page signature from Beauclair’s Blühendes Moos, originally printed by JW)
  • Vollmer, 1961
  • GKS, 1963, pp. 247-8
  • HAH, 1991
  • Martin Bircher, Weltanschauung im Holzschnitt. Josef Weisz, 1894-1969 (exh. cat.), Wolfenbüttel: Herzog August Bibliothek, and Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1995
  • Dunja Schneider and others, Der Holzschneider Josef Weisz 1894-1969 (exh. cat.), Mainz: Gutenberg Museum, 2002.

Exhibitions

  • Kunsthaus Brakl, Munich, 1916
  • Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tenn., 1950
  • Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, 1966
  • Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh, PA, 1968
  • Staatsbibliothek, Munich, 1969
  • Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, 1995/6 (then to Staatsbibliothek, Berlin).

Collections

  • Germanische Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg.
  • Klingspor Museum, Frankfurt a.M.