Horst JANSSEN |
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Germany 1929 - 1995
Born on 14th November in Hamburg to the dressmaker Martha Janssen from Oldenburg. Brought up in Oldenburg by his mother and grandparents in Lerchenstraße 14. He never knew his father. Adopted by his grandfather.
Death of his grandfather followed by adoption by the Guardianship Court
Death of his mother
Pupil at the Nationalpolitischen Erziehungsanstalt (Napola - National Political Education Institute) in Haselünne, Emsland, where art teacher Hans Wienhausen encouraged his artistic talent
Adoption by his mother’s younger sister Anna Janssen, who lived in Hamburg
Move to Hamburg. He spent the end of the war and the post-war period with his Aunt Anna in Burchardstraße, later they moved to Warburgstraße (Harvestehude).
Enrolled at the Landeskunstschule (Regional Art School) in Hamburg at 16 years of age From the beginning master pupil of Alfred Mahlau
First publication of a drawing in the weekly journal "Die Zeit "
Publication of his first book, the children’s book "Is everybody there?"
Birth of his son Clemens Publication of his second book, "The race between the hare and the hedgehog" First woodcuts after Edvard Munch. Dominant themes are animals along with man and woman.
Lichtwark scholarship in Hamburg; at around the same time he involuntarily leaves the Landeskunstschule.
In detention awaiting trial suspected of murder. Finally received a suspended sentence for drunkenness.
Takes up lithography
Marriage to Marie Knauer
Birth of their daughter Katrin, nickname Lamme
First exhibition with large-scale colour woodcuts in his apartment
Exhibition in Hanover in the Hans Brockstedt Gallery
Sudden change to etching, pupil of Paul Wunderlich, who he later considers to be a rival. The subjects dealt with are people of his acquaintance, who he portrays with wit and humour, or he represents himself.
Discovery of two new passions - first, ardent courtship of Birgit Sandner, second, "art brut" after Jean Dubuffet, marked by his so-called "scribbling period"
Marriage to Birgit Sandner, separation a few weeks later.
Marriage to Verena von Bethmann Hollweg
Birth of their son Philip
His third portfolio, "L’heure de Mylène", reveals the use of the "line" to achieve new accents in his drawing.
Art Prize of the city of Darmstadt
First retrospective of his drawings and graphic works in the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hanover;
Edwin-Scharff-Prize of the city of Hamburg
Death of his Aunt Anna
Death of his teacher Alfred Mahlau
Move to Blankenese, Mühlenberger Weg
Divorce from his third wife
With the "tortured arms of Verena" he deals with his separation from Verena. He produces the portfolio "Les Bras" (1970). First prize for graphic art at the Biennale di Venezia
Love affair with Gesche Tietjens. Trip with Gesche to Svanshall in southern Sweden.
Discovery of "landscape" and simultaneously re-discovery of etching. His new style focuses on the "line".
Creation of the portfolio "Hanno’s death". This series of self-portraits is connected to a serious illness. Following his recovery, he produced 27 etchings within one week, "which show approaching death in all stages of disintegration".
Separation from Gesche Tietjen , who is expecting his child.
Birth of his son Adam
Love affair with Bettina Sartorius.
The November Book is produced. The artist deals with his own childhood in Oldenburg.
Schiller Prize of the city of Mannheim.
Retrospective of his drawings in the Kunsthalle Mannheim. Start of intensive cooperation with the printer Hartmut Frielinghaus.
Biermann-Ratjen-Medal of the city of Hamburg
After a fall with the balcony of his house, he produces a portfolio with the accident report "19th May 1990".
Honorary citizen of the city of Oldenburg
Died on 31st August. Buried in the Gertruden Cemetary in Oldenburg. ...
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