Gerhild Diesner

Innsbruck 1915 - 1995 Hall in Tirol

Gerhild Diesner was born as the fourth of five children in Innsbruck in 1915. In 1935, the artist moved to her sister in London, where she attended the Chelsea Art School and the School of Art in Brighton. After two years, she moved to Munich and enrolled at the Academy of Applied Arts’ department of commercial graphic art. Afterwards, Gerhild Diesner worked as a painter specialized in traditional costumes at the Museum of Folk Art in Innsbruck. At the same time, she followed the nude drawing course with Max Esterle as her teacher. In 1943, Diesner moved to Paris and began her studies at the Académie André Lhote and at the École de la Grande Chaumière. After the end of the war, a great proportion of her works from the time in Paris, which had been in Munich, were destroyed. In 1948, she received the funding prize of the Tyrolean government and in 1975, the title of professor followed. In 1995, she was honored with the art prize of the State of Tyrol. Diesner died in Hall in Tyrol in 1995.