Edmund Kinzinger

Edmund Kinzinger


Edmund Kinzinger was born in 1888 at Pforzheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire. Growing up in a minor aristocratic family, Kinzinger pursued his passion for art through a variety of schools in Germany in Paris, studying with Leger and Matisse. He was also a master student of Adolph Holzel’s during his time in Germany. In 1914, Kinzinger entered the German army as a private solider and after nearly five years at the front and two wounds, rose to command an artillery unit until his discharge in 1918.

After he returned, Kinzinger taught in Munich from 1924 to 1928. In the summer of 1928, he traveled to the United States to teach at the Minneapolis Art Institute and later the Minneapolis Students league. When he returned to Germany, Kinzinger was director of the Hans Hoffman Schule for Bildende Kuntz, Munich and the Hoffman Self-Study Course in California. During the same three year period from 1930 to 1933, he taught in both Spain and St. Tropez and served as director of the Ecole de l’Epoque in Paris.

In 1935, Kinzinger fled Nazi Germany and settled in Texas, becoming the chairman of the art department at Baylor University. Kinzinger would hold the position for the following thirteen years. From 1939 to 1942, Kinzinger attended summer sessions at the University of Iowa and his 1942 doctorate earned him the first PhD in fine arts awarded by the university. Kinzinger continued work until 1948 and moved to Wisconsin, leaving his unique Modernist mark upon the Texas art scene.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1888, Born at Pforzheim, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire
  • 1908-1910, Attends the Knirr Scule, Munich, Germany
  • 1909-1910, Attends the Staatliche Akademie, Munich, Germany
  • 1910-1912, Attends the Staatliche Akademie Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1912-1913, Graduate student at the Academie Moderne, Paris, France
  • 1913-1914, Master student at the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1914, Enters the German army
  • 1918, Released from active service
  • 1919-1921, Studies at the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1924-1928, Teaches in Munich, Germany
  • 1935, Becomes chairman of the art department, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • 1960, Dies in North Carolina

Selected Exhibitions

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
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