Friends of the Klingspor-Museum Offenbach, Germany
Friends of the Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach, Germany, Offenbach, Germany 1981, German
Nonfiction, Graphic Design

The work of the German calligrapher an type designer Rudo Spemann.

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Alice Koeth

A catalogue of work Spemann accomplished during his student days in the Munich Arts & Crafts School and later. All his fellow students had great respect for his industriousness and ability to concentrate. His many interests and wide education (he was the second son of a famous Naturalist and Nobel Prize winner) presented various possibilities for a career direction. He became dissatisfied with pencil and pointed pen drawing and decided to develop his calligraphic studies, in which he was unusually gifted and created with passion. Teaching positions in Stuttgart and Munich occupied his years before World War II broke out. In 1945 he became a prisoner of the Russians in Czechoslovakia. While a prisoner he wrote the most wonderful small pages by candlelight, sitting on boxes. On June 11, 1947 (two years after the war had ended), he died of a heart attack at age 42. He was buried by his comrades in a prison camp in the Ukraine.

Over 1,000 pieces of his work are at the Klingspor Museum. His lettering art was full of spirit. He was a humanist, with full expression of the spiritual—a genuine great master.

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