1945 Donaueschingen – lives in Paris
Anselm Kiefer receives early support from his father, the art teacher Albert, who instructs him in the pictorial techniques such as linocut, sand painting and clay work. In 1963, he wins the “Jean Walter Prize” of the European Organisation for Travel Study Scholarships, with which he travels through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France and produces numerous sketches. Nevertheless, he first tries studying law and Romance philology, which he abandons prematurely. He studies art from 1966-1968, first in Freiburg under Peter Dreher, and then at the Academy in Karlsruhe under Horst Antes. With his final thesis “Besetzungen (Occupations)”, which consists of Hitler salutes in various public places in Europe, he causes a scandal.