Fritz van Briessen studied literature, art history, and philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg, Rochester (New York), Munich, Berlin, Giessen, and the Sorbonne. He traveled widely in Asia, and lived in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo, where he served as Counselor of the German Embassy. He actively pursued a lifelong interest in Asian painting, including several years of intensive study with the Beijing landscape painter Pu Chuan, and possessed a unique insight into the art. Van Briessen lectured widely on East Asian painting in Europe and North America.
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