(b Dresden, July 27, 1892; d Birkenwerder, nr Berlin, Oct 21, 1970).
German painter, printmaker and photographer. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Dresden (1911), and from 1915 he attended the Kunstakademie there; after an interruption for military service (1919–22), he studied with Otto Gussmann (1869–1926). His works were first exhibited at Emil Richter’s gallery in Dresden in 1916. In 1919 he founded the private art school Der Weg: Schule für Gestaltung, of which he established a branch in Berlin in 1926. He made his first prints, woodcuts, etchings and lithographs in 1914. In 1920 he made the first pictures with overlapping canvas (see 1989 exh. cat. for an example of this method of painting, Windmill, 1922), picture structures and collages. In 1921 he met Herwarth Walden and subsequently did some work for the magazine Der Sturm.
From the beginning Kesting’s works were diverse in form. Abstract and figurative pictures were created alongside one another. In the 1920s he began to be interested in photography and produced photographs using multiple-exposure. In ...