Franz Joseph Esser (1891 – 1964)

Self portrait, oil on canvas, 56.5 x 42 cm (detail), 1929, signed

Self portrait
Oil on canvas, 56.5 x 42 cm (detail), 1929, signed “Esser 29”.

Full name: Franz Joseph Esser
Painter, draughtsman, commercial artist and caricaturist

The painter and draughtsman, a descendant from a lower class family, started in his youth on experiments with oil-painting.

From 1910 to 1913 he studied history of art, and – although he occasionally took drawing courses at the academy – may in essence be regarded as self-taught person.

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Works by Franz Joseph Esser (selection)

Franz Esser, self portrait as student 'meiner herzlieben Marie' (dedicated to Maria Attenkofer), pencil on cardboard, 19 x 13 cm, initialed 'F.E.'
Franz Esser, self portrait 'Sand' as soldier at the East front, pencil on cardboard, 35.8 x 27 cm, 03.07.1915, signed 'Frz. Jos. Esser'
self portrait as artist, etching, 10.8 x 8.7 cm, plate 8.0 x 5.7 cm, ca. 1922
Chinese girl, woodcut + water colour on drawing paper, 43 x 27.5 cm, ca. 1924/25
Harbour on Prinkipo, water colour above pencil on cardboard, 24.5 x 35 cm, 1927, signed 'Esser 27'
Franz Esser, self portrait, pencil on grey cardboard, 35.5 x 28.5 cm, ca. 1926-30
Franz Esser, self portrait, India-ink drawing on paper, 41 x 25 cm, ca. 1929
Franz Esser, self portrait with hat, pencil on drawing paper, 38.9 x 31.5 cm, ca. 1929
Portrait Ms. Dr. Husten, oil on canvas, 80 x 54 cm, 1930, signed 'Esser'
'Violin' resp. 'Still life with guitar', oil above pencil on drawing paper, ca. 1930/31, in 1937 confiscated as 'entartete Kunst' and destroyed, Harry-Fischer-List EK 14897
Annunciation, glass window, executed in the Franz Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt Munich, 56 x 74 cm, ca. 1945-50
'Und die Mutter blicket stumm auf dem ganzen Tisch herum – Familienkrach in der Bonner Koalition', caricature on cardboard for the Nürnberger Nachrichten, 18.2 x 25.4 cm, 1954, signed 'ESSER 54'