Heribert Fischer-Geising

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Heribert Fischer-Geising (* February 23, 1896 in Teplitz-Schönau as Heribert Fischer ; † August 23, 1984 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) was a German painter and draftsman .


After Fischer-Geising had spent his childhood in Teplitz-Schönau, he began studying painting with Oskar Zwintscher at the Royal Art Academy in Dresden in 1914 . After Zwintscher's death in 1916 he became a master student of Robert Sterl . In the same year Fischer-Geising was called to military service. Here he was seriously wounded off Verdun in 1918 .

After the end of the First World War he moved to Geising in the Eastern Ore Mountains and took up residence in his grandmother's house. He borrowed his double name from his new home town. During his creative time in Geisingen, Fischer-Geising developed into one of the most important painters of the 20th century in the Ore Mountains. The landscape of the Osterzgebirge and its people had a great influence on his works. As a representative of lyrical realism , the artist succeeded in capturing the essence and soul of his motif. His pictures were characterized by clear, lively presentation and intense, sometimes unusual color design. In his new place of work, Fischer-Geising was also active in sports. He won the Saxon ski jumping championships in the 1920s, and he was the first qualified ski instructor in Saxony.

In 1933 a scholarship at the Villa Massimo ( Rome ) was withdrawn because Fischer-Geising did not join the NSDAP . He then had to earn his living mainly as a craftsman .

After the end of the Second World War, Fischer-Geising worked again as a freelance painter and graphic artist. Political dissatisfaction with developments in the GDR meant that Fischer-Geising did not return to Geising in 1961 from a visit to the Federal Republic while the Wall was being built. He settled in Freiburg im Breisgau , where he died in 1984.

Artistic creation

Fischer-Geising was primarily a landscape painter and portraitist. As a contemporary of Otto Dix , he also dealt directly with the painting style and colors of Vincent van Gogh . Above all, his elaborately composed and colorful still lifes and the portraits inspired by his Ore Mountains residence and residents make him an outstanding representative of modern, aesthetic painting of the 20th century. In the GDR he remained largely unknown.

Permanent exhibitions: The artist is u. a. Represented in the Dresden art collections , the Berlin State Museums , in the Osterzgebirgsgalerie in Schloss Dippoldiswalde and in the Osterzgebirgsmuseum Schloss Lauenstein .


  • Gert Claussnitzer / Hildegard Fischer: Heribert Fischer-Geising . Fischerhaus Verlag. 1999.
  • Rolf Jessewitsch / Gerhard Schneider: Ostracized - Forgotten - Rediscovered. Art of expressive representationalism from the Gerhard Schneider Collection . Wienand publishing house. Cologne 1999. ISBN 3-87909-665-1 .
  • Rikarda Groß : People and Landscapes in the Eastern Ore Mountains . Inventory catalog in the visual arts. Saxon State Office for Museums, Chemnitz 1995.
  • Rikarda Groß: The painter and graphic artist Heribert Fischer from Geising . In: Erzgebirgische Heimatblätter . Volume 3, 1994, pp. 16-19 .
  • Günter Groß : People and the landscape of the Eastern Ore Mountains . Stoba, Lampertswalde 1999 (with a contribution by Erhard Frommhold ).
  • Katja Margarete Mieth (Ed.): Heribert Fischer-Geising: Still life . Accompanying publication to the special exhibition "Heribert Fischer-Geising (1896–1984) - Stilleben" in the Robert-Sterl-Haus from July 25 to September 19, 2004. Robert-Sterl-Haus, Naundorf, Struppen 2004, ISBN 3-9807928-2- X .
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  • Dieter Hoefer: artist between town and country. The life and work of the painter Heribert Fischer-Geising ., In: Dresdner Hefte 134/2018, pp. 27–35, Dresden 2018

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