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Becker, Felix

    Full Name: Becker, Felix

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 27 September 1864

    Date Died: 28 October 1928

    Place Born: Sondershausen, Thuringia, Germany

    Place Died: Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): biography (general genre)

    Career(s): art historians and biographers


    Co-editor of the magisterial dictionary of artists, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Becker studied art history in Bonn and in Leipzig as the assistant to August Schmarsow. He and Ulrich Thieme began work on a comprehensive dictionary of artists, architects and decorators in 1898. The first volume appeared in 1907. Becker withdrew from the project in 1910 because of ill health. Ironically Thieme preceded him in death in 1922 and the editorship was assumed by Hans Vollmer who saw the immense project to completion. Vollmer continued the initiative for a twentieth-century set, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler des XX. Jahrhunderts published between 1953 and 1962. A re-edition of the work began in 1983 in Leipzig, but the poor quality of this (published in the Communist DDR); resulted in the project’s revision and complete re-editing as the Saur Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon, its successor.

    Selected Bibliography

    Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart: unter Mitwirkung von 300 Fachgelehrten des In- und Auslandes. 37 vols. Leipzig : E. A. Seemann, 1907-1950. ____ 0 – Metzler


    Fork, Christiane. “Thieme, Ulrich.” Metzler Kunsthistoriker Lexikon: zweihundert Porträts deutschsprachiger Autoren aus vier Jahrhunderten. 2nd. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2007, pp. 434-436.


    "Becker, Felix." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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