1878

born on 27 August in Schönbrunn near Landshut

1901–1905

Studied painting as the star pupil of Franz von Stuck at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, studied etchings with Peter Halm

1905

Graf-Schack-Prize for the portfolio ›Liebe‹
, trips to Italy, Tunisia, afterwards to Paris and Madrid

1910

Villa-Romana-Prize awarded by the German Association of Artists; 1 year stay in Florence

1910–1914

Period in Berlin
Concentration on graphics and Exlibris

1914–1918

Military service in Macedonia and France as observer in captive balloons

1919–1923

Professor for nude-drawing class at the Munich School of Arts

1923–1925

Attempt at a new beginning in Spain,
trips to the Canary Islands and to Morocco
confrontation with El Greco’s painting and the discovery of the ›Magie der Farbe‹

1928–1933

Professorship for painting at the State Academy for Visual Arts in Leipzig until his immediate dismissal owing to political denunciation

1933–1945

Return to Munich and to Lake Chiemsee for his ›inner emigration‹
emergence of numerous landscape water colours as well as drawings for the portfolio ›Zwölf Jahre‹ and ›Eine Abrechnung‹; which were published after the war, no ban for painting, murals e.g. in Kempten in Allgaeu

1946–1951

Rehabilitation and professorship for painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich; elected honorary member of the School Senate of Fine Arts

1951

Cultural Award of the city of Munich (1950)

1958

Federal Cross of Merit First Class

1963

Schwabing Art Award for Painting, Munich

1965

Award for International Book Art Leipzig

1971

Died 1 February in Munich

Willi Geiger
Willi Geiger