Edmund Kinzinger





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EDMUND DANIEL KINZINGER (AM. 1888-1963)


Kinzinger was born at Pforzheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, German empire, and attended the Knirr Schule, Munich (1908 - 1910), followed by periods at the Staatliche Akademie, Munich (19109 - 1910), and the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart (1910 - 1912). He was a graduate student at the Academie Moderne, Paris (1912 - 1913), and a master student of Adolph Holzel at the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart (1913 - 1914), supporting himself by painting portraits. Entering the German army in 1914 as a private soldier, Kinzinger rose after nearly five years at the front, and two wounds, to command an artillery unit. Released from active service in 1918, he studied as a master student of Henrich Waldschmidt, again at the Staatliche Akademie, stuttgart (1919 - 1921).

From 1924 to 1928, Kinzinger taught in Munich, where he met Alice Fish Kinzinger, an American; they were married in 1927. Kinzinger traveled to the United States to teach at the Minneapolis Art Institute in the summer of 1928 and then at the Minneapolis Art Students League (1929 - 1930). He painted in Taxco, Mexico, in the summer of 1930. From 1930 until 1933, Kinzinger was director of the Hans Hoffman Schule fur Bildende Kuntz, Munich, and the Hoffman Self-Study Course in California. During the same period, he taught in Spain and St. Tropez, France. He also served as director of the Ecole de l’Epoque, Paris (1933 - 1934).

Fleeing Nazi Germany, Kinzinger came again to the United States and in 1935 became chairman of the art department at Baylor University, Waco, a position he would hold for the next thirteen years. In the years 1939 - 1942, Kinzinger attended summer sessions at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and his dissertation - a series of paintings on a Mexican theme - earned for him in 1942 the first doctorate in fine arts conferred by the University of Iowa. Beginning in 1944, Kinzinger painted summers in Taos. Troubled by depression for a number of years, Kinzinger was divorced in 1947 and stopped painting in 1948 when he moved to live with his son in Delavan, Wisconsin. After 1960 he was a resident of North Carolina where he died of a stroke.

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers

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