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date: 06 December 2019

Lechter, Melchiorlocked

(b Münster, Oct 2, 1865; d Raron, Switzerland, Oct 8, 1937).
  • Peter W. Guenther


(b Münster, Oct 2, 1865; d Raron, Switzerland, Oct 8, 1937).

German designer and painter. After an apprenticeship in a stained-glass workshop, he studied painting at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1894). An exhibition of his work at Fritz Gurlitt’s gallery in Berlin established his reputation. His friendship with the German poet Stefan George led him to design books as works of art in their own right, for example an edition of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Der Schatz der Armen (Leipzig, 1898) and George’s Teppich des Lebens (Berlin, 1900). He was influenced in his book designs by the work of William Morris. In 1900 he won the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, for his design of the Pallenberg Saal (Cologne, Kstgewmus.; mostly destr.), a reception room designed for the industrialist Jakob Pallenberg, in which ornaments and inscriptions filled walls and ceiling; the centrepiece was a painting Consecration at the Mystic Well (see Wissmann, p. 36). In ...

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