Richard Lindner’s mother was born in New York in 1869 to a family of the German-Jewish emigrants and came back to Germany at the age of twenty. The artist’s father was German.
Richard Lindner was born on November 11, 1901, Hamburg, Germany. He was a second from three children in a middle-class family of Jüdell Lindner, a travelling salesman, and Mina Bornstein who owned a small custom-fitting corset business at home.
Four years after Lindner’s birth, the family relocated to Nuremberg where the future artist spent his childhood.
Richard had an elder sister Lissy and a younger brother Arthur.