Ludwig Bock (1886-1971)

Born on 17 October 1886 in Munich. Died in 1971. German painter and illustrator.
Son of Heinrich Bock (1860-1927), doctor in Munich, Ludwig Bock had as his first client the painter Franz Defregger (1835-1921), patient of his father. In 1902, Ludwig Bock began his artistic training at the Private Academy with the German painter Heinrich Knirr as professor (1862-1944). Then under the direction of Bernhard Buttersack (1858-1925), he became a landscape painter at Haimhausen near Munich. In 1906 he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He made a study trip to Woerth with his teacher Heinrich von Zügel (1850-1941), an animal painter. In 1908, he participated for the first time in the Munich Secession Exhibition. In the same year he received a bronze medal from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1909 he received the silver medal. In 1910, he exhibited his work in the Thannhauser gallery in Munich. He also exhibited in the Brakl and Heinemann galleries. In 1913 he undertook a study trip to Paris to study French modernism and painters such as Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne, who influenced his work. In 1917, he became a member of the Munich Secession. From 1918, he regularly carried out exhibitions at the Glaspalast in Munich as well as in many other German cities. In 1920, for the first time, a painting by Ludwig Bock ("After the Rain") was bought by the Bavarian state painting collections. Many other purchases followed. In 1927, the Academy awarded him the title of professor. In 1929, he received the Rome Prize for Villa Massimo and won a scholarship. After the war, Ludwig Bock participated in the refoundation of the Munich Secession, dissolved in 1938. He regularly participated in exhibitions. In 1952, he received the Fine Arts Prize of the city of Munich. In 1971, Ludwig Bock died in Munich at the age of 84.

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