Ludwig Pietsch

Ludwig Pietsch ( born December 25, 1824 in Gdansk, † November 27, 1911 in Berlin) was a German painter, art writer and columnist in Berlin.


Pietsch visited the Gdansk Arts and Crafts School and 1841-1843 the Berlin Academy of Art and worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines, such as the known Illustrirte newspaper from Leipzig. Since 1864, he wrote articles for the Vossische newspaper Spenersche newspaper, for appearing in Breslau Silesia newspaper whose features editor, he was at times, for, edited by Gustav Freytag and Julian Schmidt magazine Grenzboten and for the Berliner Allgemeine Zeitung. He reported on Berlin's social events, in particular the annual end press ball, as its most important chronicler and most talented fashion critic, he was to his own chagrin, as well as travel adventures, art and trade exhibitions and as a companion of the Crown Prince Frederick on the German - French War in 1871.

On his 70th birthday Pietsch was appointed professor.

Pietsch was reputed to be a tireless social being into old age. So he frequented daily and equally intensely with actors, artists and politicians, and was intimately acquainted with almost all Berlin discussion groups, cafes, restaurants and ball events and was it particularly admired by his female readers a lot. His birthday used Pietsch from 24 December at midnight to celebrate throughout a whole day. Alfred Kerr wrote about Pietsch:

" " He's a go-getter, with its seventy years, from every limb jerks his joie de vivre, he lives from solid, he has hardly given up hope women yet to be dangerous, he is on each notables feast, at every. premiere, in every show, at every initiation " (quoted in Kerr, Alfred: Where is Berlin, Berlin 1997, p 7? ) "

Walther Kiaulehn expressed similar

" " Pietsch was a gifted painter, his social and know step talents withdrew more and more from the easel. He was the intimate friend of the town houses, in which art was loved. Funny, and gallantly he chatted about everything about old families and new images about exhibitions, about the dress of the ladies, suppers and studio visits. " (Berlin - fate of a world city, 1958, p 324) "

Among the most important intimate acquaintances of Pietsch included the labor leader Ferdinand Lassalle, the sculptor Reinhold Bega, the painter Adolph Menzel and the writer Theodor Storm, Theodor Fontane and Ivan Turgenev. With the latter Pietsch used in Berlin and Baden -Baden particularly close contact.

Works ( selection)

  • From World and Art: Studies and Images. Jena: Costenoble, 1867 (2 volumes)
  • From Berlin to Paris. Images of War (1870 -1871 ). Berlin 1871
  • After Athens and Byzantium. A spring outing. Berlin: Janke 1871
  • Oriental cruises of a Berlin artist. Berlin: Janke 1871
  • Morocco. Letters from the German Legation trip to Fez in the spring of 1877 Leipzig:. Brockhaus 1878
  • Pilgrimage. Olympia in the first spring of the excavations ( April and May 1876), together with a report on the results of the two following excavation Campaigns Travel letters. Berlin: Luckhardt 1879
  • Andreas Achenbach. Wroclaw 1880
  • Paul Meyer 's home. Wroclaw 1881
  • The German contemporary painting on the anniversary exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1886 Munich. Hanfstaengel 1886
  • The painting at the Munich Jubilee Art Exhibition 1888 Munich. Hanfstaengel 1888-1889
  • Ludwig Pietsch: How did I become a writer. The whimsical novel of my life. ( Digitized in the Digital Library of Mecklenburg- Vorpommern) Volume 1: memories from the fifties. Berlin: Fontane 1893.
  • Volume 2: memories from the sixties. Berlin: Fontane 1894.
  • Newly edited by Peter Goldammer, Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag 2000 ISBN 3-351-02875- X.


Unpublished letters

Printed letters

  • Leaves of friendship. From the correspondence between Theodor Storm and Ludwig Pietsch. Communicated by Volquart Pauls. Heide: Boyens 1939
  • Ivan Turgenev. Letters to Ludwig Pietsch. With an appendix: Ludwig Pietsch about Turgenev. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin and Weimar in 1968