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Katharina Fritsch (1956– ) is a sculptor famous for her use of monochromatic colour and a precise, almost industrial standard, of sculpture. Born in Essen, West Germany, her grand-father was a salesman for the art supplier Faber-Castell, which may have influenced her use of colour in her work. She first studied art history at the University of Munster then transferred to the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf where she studied under Fritz Schwegler until 1984 and was influenced by Joseph Beuys. She is now a professor of sculpture at the Arts Academy of Düsseldorf.