|Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann was one of the founding members of the "Hamburg
Secession". He was born in 1183 in Hamburg, was taught first by Arthur Siebelist and then became a student at the "Académie Matisse" in Paris. In Paris he met the painter Alexandra Povorina from Petersburg, whom he would later marry.
Their daughter Tatiana also became a painter.
Hestermann was a painter and an author, held speeches and gave lectures, lived in Kassel, Cologne and Berlin, and was a member of the "Reichskulturkammer" ("Reich Chamber of Cultural Affairs") – possibly to remain "inconspicuous" and preclude any troubles that might be caused by his wife's descent? The "Entartete Kunst" ("Degenerate Art") campaign saw five of his works confiscated. During the war he temporarily lived in Poland. In 1946 he became director of the Hamburger Landeskunstschule, in 1957 his hometown honoured him with the Edwin-Scharff-Preis, in 1973 he died in Hamburg.