Born in the port of Cuxhaven on the North Sea, Hussman studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Berlin under painters W. Friedrich and P. Meyerheim and sculptor G. Janensch. Aside from a period of extended travel to the UK in the 1930s, Hussmann lived and worked in Berlin. Hussmann is especially well known for his equestrian bronzes, of which the present bronze is a prime example. It depicts the Arthurian knight Parsifal, the main character of Wagner's opera of the same name, based on a 13th-century epic poem.
H. Guratzsch (ed.) Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig: Katalog der Bildwerke, Cologne, 1999, p. 336