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Angelo Jank (1868-1940)

Angelo Jank (1868-1940)

was born on the 30th October 1868, a German animal painter, draughtsman, illustrator and member of the Munich Secession. He specialised in horse racing scenes and animals.

After graduating from the Wihelmsgymnasium in 1888, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1891 to 1896 with Ludwig von Löfftz and Paul Hoecker.  In 1898, he had his first showing with members of the Munich Secession and exhibited with several art societies at the Glaspalast and the Salon des Artistes Francais at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 where he received an honourable mention.

From 1899 to 1907, he was a teacher at the Women’s Academy of the Munich Artists’ Association.  He was then appointed a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, succeeding Wilhelm von Diez.  In 1922, following the retirement of Heinrich von Zügel, Jank succeeded him as Professor of Animal Painting.  Later, he was elected first Chairman of the “Association of Visual Artists” and presided over their exhibitions at the Glaspalast. For many years, he was also employed as an illustrator for the magazines Jugend and Simplicissimus.

In addition to his canvases, he painted murals at the Justizpalas and scenes from history at the Reichstag building in Berlin. Angelo Jank passed away in Munich on the 9th October 1940.

Among his best-known students were Louis Grell, Erma Bossi, Nina Arbore, Franz Xaver Stahl, Henryk Gotlib, Käte Lassen and Adolf Ziegler.

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