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Roter Felsen auf Ceylon

36.5 x 42.5 cm
Signed and dated, 1979

Fritz Eisel

Fritz Eisel (1929-2010) was an East German artist. Born to a poor working class family, Eisel joined the German Communist Party in 1946 and worked as a truck driver. In 1947, Eisel was accepted to the College of Architecture and Fine Arts in Weimar. He continued his education at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and at the Repin Institute in Leningrad.

Upon completion of his education, Eisel worked as a freelancer in Dresden and Potsdam and designed several significant mosaics for which he was awarded the Theodor Fontane Art Award. In 1966, Eisel joined a geological expedition to Mongolia, where he worked for four years as an interpreter and driver. In 1970, Fritz Eisel became a teacher at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and became a full professor in 1973. He was awarded the Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic in 1975 and the Martin Andersen Nexo Art Award in 1977. In 1980 Eisel moved to Langen Brütz in Schwerin where he spent the most productive period of his career painting landscapes, portraits and still lifes and creating mosaic walls for several government buildings. Eisel visited Sri Lanka for the first time in 1977 when he held a one man exhibition of his work in Colombo.