Franz Stassen
1869 Hanau – Berlin 1949

German painter, draughtsman and illustrator

From 1886-1892 Franz Stassen studied at the Berlin academy of arts, then he moved to Hanau. After a while he went back to Berlin. First he painted in a natuarlistic style, but more and more he changed to art nouveau, and his style turned towards Sascha Schneider (1870-1927), Fidus (i.e. Hugo Höppener, 1868-1948), Koloman Moser (1868-1918) and Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Until 1908 he worked as a painter and illustrator.

From 1908 he became a member of the followers and admirers of Richard Wagner and he made many illustrations after Wagner's operatic works. Most of Stassen's works of art were destroyed during World War II. From 1945 he tried to remake some of them again.