Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel - Biography
1881 Wunsiedel - 1965 Wien
The graphic designer and painter Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel was born in Upper Franconia in 1881. He was often acclaimed as a painter of animals and in his earlier years studied at the Munich School of Arts and Crafts. In 1898 after a yearlong stay in Italy he went to Vienna where he studied with Christian Griepenkerl at the Academy of Fine Arts and later at the School for Applied Arts with Alfred Roller. At the Wiener Werkstätte Jungnickel became one of the most important designers of textiles, wallpapers and postcards. Together with Gustav Klimt he worked on the interior designs of the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Experimenting with different graphic techniques he was able to achieve extraordinary results. Through his contacts to Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka he became acquainted with the Austrian expressionist style, which he recognized as a suitable means of expression for his own purposes. From 1938 to 1952 Jungnickel lived in voluntary exile in Abbazia, Croatia.