ALEXANDER KELLER (1880-1932)
GENERATION 1 – THE CLASSIC ERA
Alexander was born as the son of the brewery owner Martin Keller in Friedberg / Bavaria. After graduating from secondary school in 1900, he travelled through South Tyrol and northern Italy for one year to paint landscapes. He then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under the instructions of Professor Hermann Gröber and others, from 1904 to 1909.
In autumn 1914, the family took up residence on the countryside for security reasons. Alexander was drafted into the cavalry and appointed Major shortly before the end of the war. Whenever possible, he drew and painted "his black horse". After the war the family moves back to Munich’s Schwabing borough, where Alexander creates landscapes and portraits in oil, red chalk and coal. Almost all of which are sold to support the family in these difficult times. Alexander reproduces the motifs in his works very objectively and close to nature, his deep academic training is evident in each of the few works that are still in the family's possession today. We are happy to present a commented selection here: