* 8 August 1897 in Weißenfels/ Saale; † 1974 in Berlin
In paintings and drawings Rudolf Ausleger frequently moves over the borderline between realism and abstraction. With special intensity, Rudolf Ausleger devotes himself to still life.
During his military service in Berlin in 1916, Ausleger meets Georg Tappert, one of the major artists of German Expressionism and co-founder of the November Group. Tappert supports Ausleger in his desire to become a painter. In preparation for his studies, Ausleger attends the private Reimann-Schule in Berlin, where Tappert teaches. Later he studies at the Staatliche
Kunstschule, with Tappert and the painter Bernhard Hasler. His pedagogical tutors are the painters Otto and Rudolf Möller. In 1922 he takes his degree as an art teacher and starts to work as a teacher. From 1923 on, he spends his summer holidays with Otto Möller in the Pomeranian painters’ colony Rügenwaldermünde, where he makes friends with Arthur Segal, too. From 1920 to 1932, he regularly presents works of art in the November Group’s division of the Große Berliner Kunstausstellung. In 1922, he joins the November Group. He participates in the “Juryfreie Kunstausstellung” and shows his paintings i. a. at the gallery Gurlitt. In the time of National Socialism, his works are regarded as “degenerate”. He is banned from taking part in exhibitions, and he works as an art teacher. During World War II, a large part of his work is destroyed. From 1947 on he participates in exhibitions in Berlin and other German cities. In 1949 he is appointed lecturer of fine arts at the Berlin Pädagogische Hochschule, where he teaches until 1967.