Franz Grässel studied from 1878-84 at the Karlsruhe Art Academy with Carl Heinrich Hoff and from 1886-90 with Wilhelm von Lindenschmit the Elder. J. at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1888 he received the second gold medal for the painting “At Work”, which shows his sister in traditional Black Forest costume. He spent a few years in the Black Forest and painted peasant pictures until he returned to Munich in 1894. In 1911 he was appointed professor and was a founding member of the Fürstenfeldbruck Artists' Association, where he also owned a house. Grässel specialized in depictions of animals, especially ducks, geese and chickens, which is why he was nicknamed "Duck Gässel".