Rudolf Ausleger

Rudolf Ausleger (1897-1974)

Rudolf Ausleger (German 1897-1974), “Mountain village”, early 1920ies, lead pencil on paper, sketchbook page, ca. 25 x 25 cm.

Rudolf Ausleger first met the artist Georg Tappert in 1916. He attended the Reimann School, then studied at the State Art School as student of Tappert and Hasler. After joining the 1918 founded Novembergruppe, he participated in almost all domestic and foreign exhibitions of the group.

Although Ausleger was not expressly prohibited from painting after 1933, he was declared “degenerate” and lacked of material and exhibition opportunities. Most of his work was destroyed in a bombing of the Allies in World War II. After the war, he became lecturer at the University of Education in Berlin until 1967.

The present sketch shows the unique pre-cubist hatching style of the artist, which is documented in several other works of the early 1920ies.