Heinrich Zille

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Zille, Heinrich


Born Jan. 10, 1858, in Radeberg, Saxony; died Aug. 9, 1929, in Berlin. German graphic artist.

Zille attended art school in Berlin (from 1872), and from 1872 to 1907 he worked as a lithographer. His numerous drawings and watercolors that appeared in the journals Simplicissimus and Eulenspiegel depicted in a free, ironic style life in Berlin’s working-class districts. Zille’s works frequently protested against social injustice, for example, the cycle Children of the Street (drawing, 1912).


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