Alfred Sessler

(1909, Milwaukee, WI – 1963, Madison, WI)

Alfred Sessler was born in 1909 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a young boy, Sessler showed an early interest in art when he began drawing cartoons and by the early 1930s, he entered the Layton School of Art. While attending, Sessler began creating artwork that was inspired by the grief and suffering of the American people caused by the Depression. He said, “I have always been a fighter for the underdog”. Not only was he inspired by the anguish of other people, Sessler himself had faced his own financial struggles during the economic collapse. He however was offered aid by the Treasury Relief Art Project during the yeas of 1935 to 1937 and then the Federal Art Project from 1937 to 1942. Under these projects, Sessler became a prolific print maker and was commissioned to create two Post Office murals, one in Lowell, Michigan and the other in Morris, Minnesota.

When the economy was in repair, Sessler began studying at the Milwaukee State Teacher College, where he received his B.S. in 1944. The following year, he received his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Soon after, he joined the faculty at UW – Madison, w

Alfred Sessler
At the wrestling Match by Alfred Sessler
At the wrestling Match
8.5 x 13.5 in.
Big Brother by Alfred Sessler
Big Brother
8.5 x 5.25 in.
Green Market by Alfred Sessler
Green Market
7 x 11 in.
Pageant Prelude by Alfred Sessler
Pageant Prelude
5.75 x 8.5 in.
Snow Shovelers by Alfred Sessler
Snow Shovelers
8 x 7 in.
Stop by Alfred Sessler
8 x 14 in.
Till Birnam Wood Remove to Dunsinane by Alfred Sessler
Till Birnam Wood Remove to Dun...
21.25 x 14.75 in.
Up With The Big Top by Alfred Sessler
Up With The Big Top
10 x 9 in.