Ernst Laich

© Andreas Laich

As a commercial artist, Ernst Laich spent several years working in the advertising department of a building society and designed logos for a number of celebrated companies in Calw. The artist from Calw, who was born in Simmozheim in 1923 and received his formal training at Stuttgart's Kunstakademie, was a brilliant graphic artist who was also called on to help in the design of the exterior of public buildings in neighbouring towns and villages. In 1970, industrialist Heinrich Perrot commissioned him to illustrate a book on his father Immanuel Perrot, in whose tower clock factory Hermann Hesse completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic. Discovered in the posthumous works of Ernst Laich, who died in 1997, was a series of portraits of the writer that include this pencil drawing - published here for the first time.