Fritz Klimsch first studied painting at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Berlin before later changing to sculpture. Between 1886 and 1894 he studied under Albert Wolff and then under Fritz Schaper, both followers of the School of Christian Daniel Rauch.


During this period, he produced his first major works, including Achilles with The Body of Patroclus (1886) and Christ and Mary Magdalene (1892). On completion of his studies, he won the Grosser Staatspreis a prize which included a year’s scholarship in Rome.


In 1894 Klimsch visited Paris where he became familiar with the sculpture of Auguste Rodin. The work of the great master influenced Klimsch deeply and the following year he went to Italy, visiting Rome, Florence, Genoa and Naples to see the work of the great Renaissance and sculptors.