Ernst Aufseeser was born into a Jewish family in 1880 in Nuremberg, the son of a merchant. He studied art and design at the Steglitzer Werkstätten in Berlin and at the Slade School of Art in London. Starting in 1907, he worked and taught as a professional and commerical artist in Munich, London, Nuremberg, and Düsseldorf. Aufseeser's style is marked by the use of typographic ornaments, usually in black-and-white, and his illustrations were reproduced frequently in the journal Das Zelt. he also competed in the art events at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. In 1933, Aufseeser was dismissed as the director Kunstakademie Düsseldor because of Nazi imposed anti-Jewish laws. He died 12 December 1940 in Düsseldorf. His son Hans Tisdall later became a successful designer in England.
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