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 Rudolph Dirks  (1877 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: New York / Germany      Known for: cartoonist, landscape painting, engraving

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BIOGRAPHY for Rudolph Dirks
1877 (Heide, Germany)
1968 (New York City)

New York / Germany

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cartoonist, landscape painting, engraving

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New York Armory Show of 1913
San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
Rudolph Dirks was on of the major figures in the development of newspaper comics. He invented the Katzenjammer Kids in 1897, and drew them for roughly the next half century.  Although he remained fond of Hans and Fritz throughout his long lifetime, his major interest was painting.

Dirks was born in Germany and grew up in the Chicago area.  His initial intent was to be a woodcarver like his father, but "one week in the shop settled that.  I almost cut off one ha (showing 500 of 3373 characters).

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