Lesser Ury

Painting, Visual Artist

1861 – 1931

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Who was Lesser Ury?

Lesser Ury was a German Jewish Impressionist painter and printmaker, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

He was born Leo Lesser Ury in Birnbaum, Grand Duchy of Posen, the son of a baker whose death in 1872 was followed by the Ury family's move to Berlin. In 1878 Lesser left school to apprentice with a tradesman, and the next year he went to Düsseldorf to study painting at the Kunstakademie. Ury spent time in Brussels, Paris, Stuttgart, and other locations, before returning to Berlin in 1887.

His first exhibition was in 1889 and met with a hostile reception, although he was championed by Adolph von Menzel whose influence induced the Akademie to award Ury a prize. In 1893 he joined the Munich Secession, one of the several Secessions formed by progressive artists in Germany and Austria in the last years of the 19th century. In 1901 he returned to Berlin, where he exhibited with the Berlin Secession, first in 1915 and notably in 1922, when he had a major exhibition. By this time Ury's critical reputation had grown and his paintings and pastels were in demand.

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Born
Nov 7, 1861
Międzychód
Nationality
  • Germany
Died
Oct 18, 1931
Berlin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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