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Ernst Aufseeser was born into a Jewish family, the son of a merchant, in Nuremberg in 1880. 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 of Kunstakademie Düsseldor because of Nazi imposed anti-Jewish laws. He died in Düsseldorf on December 12, 1940. His son Hans Tisdall became a successful designer in England.

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Aufseeser, Ernst: [Musical instruments], Leo Baeck Institute, 2021.15.