Otto Ubbelohde

Otto Ubbelohde ( born January 5, 1867 in Marburg an der Lahn, † 8 May 1922 in Goßfelden ) was a painter, etcher and illustrator. Parts of his work are associated with the Art Nouveau style.


Otto Ubbelohde grew up in Marburg. His father August Ubbelohde was professor of Roman law at the University of Marburg. The birthplace was in close proximity to the Elisabeth Church in Elisabethstr. 9 It was demolished in 1966. Probably the most by the family of the mother Therese, née Unger, inherited artistic talent showed itself early, but the father gave the son reluctant permission to train after successfully graduating from high school Philippinum Marburg as a painter. After a short stay at the Art Academy of the Grand Duchy of Saxony Weimar Art School (now the Bauhaus University Weimar) was Otto Ubbelohde 1884 at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts student of Gabriel von Hackl and Wilhelm von Diez Ludwig von Löfftz. He lived more than a decade in Munich and had contact with the artists' colony at Dachau. From Munich he traveled in 1889 to Worpswede where just the Worpswede formed; 1894/95 he worked there again. In the intervening years he spent in the summer of drawing and painting at the Neckar and on the island of Reichenau.

After getting married in November 1897 with the coming of Bremen Hanna Unger, a niece of the engraver and etcher William Unger, and in the year following his father's death he built in Goßfelden at Marburg a studio and residence. At first, the couple lived only in the summer there, after completion in 1900, however, constantly. Today, the heritage building headquarters of Otto Ubbelohde Foundation and houses the Museum Haus Otto Ubbelohde. It also serves as a research center.

Study trips and stays in Munich took from their output since that time of Goßfelden. In 1902 he became a member of the Willing houses artists' colony. In 1908 he traveled to Lübeck, where he drew the illustrations for a city guide. He had his first exhibition in 1912 in Giessen with 40 oil paintings, drawings and etchings.

On the occasion of his 50th birthday in 1917, the University of Marburg gave him the title of professor and appointed him an honorary senator. In the same year, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Giessen appointed him honorary doctorates.


In addition to painting Ubbelohde operation especially the drawing, in part because of continuous revenue. It emerged countless drawn artwork for book illustrations, calendars, postcards, bookplates and the like; next etchings.

Through this kind of work, in particular by his illustrations to a 1909 published edition of Children's and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm of the Leipziger Turm -Verlag, Ubbelohde became known worldwide. At the 448 illustrations of the fairy tale book, he worked for three years, from 1906 until 1909.

His passion and his artistic endeavors were mainly about the painting. She takes in the artist a broad and very important area. Although superbly gifted to portraiture, Ubbelohde has created primarily landscapes and still lifes. The landscapes of Hesse, in particular those in the wider area of Marburg have found in him their unsurpassed portrayer.

Martin Heidegger grew a loden suit with knickerbockers design by Ubbelohde, with whom he the student drew attention to itself as " existential suit".

In Marburg University Museum of Fine Arts, the picturesque work of Ubbelohde an entire room is dedicated.

Exemplary works

An exemplary selection of the comprehensive plant Ubbelohde:

Landscape Study, c.1889

Hinterländer dress, mother with children from Bottenhorn, 1910

Book of Karl Andres, burning witches, 1920

Woman in White (Model: Hanna Ubbelohde )

Rapunzel tower

Cook's yard, Lübeck


After his death Ubbelohde fell almost into oblivion.

1943 appeared a first monograph by Hans sound that tried to associate Ubbelohde life and work of National Socialist ideology.

The 1984 honored him Bernd Küster in a comprehensive scientific monograph, which was revised in 1997 and serves as a reference work.

The original illustrations of children 's and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm were shown first in the old district office in Marburg and from 1972 in the circuit house in Marburg -Cappel. In 1987 they were replaced by copies. Since then, the originals have been rarely exhibited. Part of it has been shown in 1987 in Tokyo Oumida, 1988 in Osaka and 1990 in the " Bliss Kingdom " in Hokkaido, as the tales of the Brothers Grimm are relatively popular with the illustrations Ubbelohde in Japan.

The Marburg- Biedenkopf donated 1987 Otto Ubbelohde price and forgives him since a year.

In casting him the Ubbelohde way was named in honor of, in Marburg Ubbelohdestraße and in the community Lahn Valley Otto Ubbelohde way. In addition, a primary school was in Lahn - Goßfelden named after him and in Marburg, the six-year elementary school Otto Ubbelohde school.

In 2002, the poet Ludwig Harig dealt in "Da fell at once the stars from the sky " with Grimm's fairy tales and the illustrations Ubbelohde. Harig explored the landscape models for the drawings of the artist.

In 2010, in Goßfelden a circular route inaugurated " In the Footsteps of Otto Ubbelohde by Goßfelden ", which leads to distinctive sites, the Otto Ubbelohde has laid down in its factory at which he used as a template.

A portion of the German Fairy Tale Road leads from Hanau to Goßfelden, the workplace Otto Ubbelohde.

Museum Otto Ubbelohde House

The former home and studio of the artist in the Lahn Lahn Valley Meadows near - Goßfelden is now a museum.

Ubbelohde had the house for ideas of the English country house building and their own designs of local construction workers to build in timber and sgraffito. In 1900 he was able to move it with his wife Hanna. Extensions of the house were made in 1905 and 1914. Otto Ubbelohde Foundation began at the end of the 20th century, the property repaired. In November 1999 it was opened as a museum. Since then, temporary exhibitions are held there, performances of the works Ubbelohde. The museum was declared a monument of the Month in December 2001 by the State Conservation Office Hesse.

Today lives Brigitte Ubbelohde - Doering, a great-niece of Otto Ubbelohde, in the old home and studio of the painter.

In 2010, the museum presented the exhibition Otto Ubbelohde - decorative designs.

Otto Ubbelohde Foundation

Through a testamentary provision of Else Ubbelohde - Doering, a niece of the artist and the last estate proprietor, the Künstlerhaus and the artistic estate in 1991 were transferred to the Otto Ubbelohde Foundation. The estate comprises about 3,000 sketches, drawings and paintings. The Foundation initiated the rehabilitation of the home and studio house. The CEO of the Foundation, Ludwig Rinn, in charge of the museum.

Works in books

  • Otto Ubbelohde: From Old - Marburg. 20 landscape paintings by Otto Ubbelohde. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg 1906.
  • Otto Ubbelohde: Around Marburg. 20 landscape paintings by Otto Ubbelohde. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg, 1907.
  • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Otto Ubbelohde (Illustrator), Robert Riemann ( ed.): Children's and Household Tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. With 446 illustrations by Otto Ubbelohde. 3 volumes, Tower -Verlag, Leipzig 1907-1912, DNB 560,524,668th
  • Karl Ernst Knodt, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): My forests. Words of Karl Ernst Knodt. Pictures of Otto Ubbelohde. Verlag Hermann A. Wiechmann, Munich 1910.
  • Ernst Piltz, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): A guide by Jena. Fromann'sche Hofbuchhandlung Eckard Klostermann, Jena, 1912.
  • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Otto Ubbelohde (Illustrator), Robert Riemann ( ed. ): The Grimm fairy tales in a selection. Drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. Tower -Verlag, Leipzig 1912, DNB 580,896,188th
  • Martin Lang, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): Old -Tübingen. 30 pen and ink drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. Wilhelm Kloeres, Tübingen 1913.
  • Otto Ubbelohde: cities and castles on the Lahn. 20 drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg 1914.
  • Gustav Könnecke, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): From Old - Marburg: 35 pen and ink drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg around 1915, DNB 560,983,670th
  • F. Bruns, H. Mahn, Otto Ubbelohde (Illustrator), Association for the enhancement of tourism in Lubeck ( ed.): Lübeck. A Guide to the Free and Hanseatic city and its surrounding area. Rathgens, Lübeck 1918.
  • Otto Ubbelohde: From fine old time. 12 pen and ink drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg 1919, DNB 36178208X.
  • Bernhard Flemes, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): A guide by Hamelin. Tourist Hameln, Hameln in 1920, DNB 573,365,075th
  • Ernst Koch, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): Prince Pink canvas. NG Elwert'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Marburg 1922, DNB 575,519,665th
  • Ludwig Harig: There were at once the stars from the sky. Encounters with Sleeping Beauty and the Iron John - a fairy tale journey in the Art Nouveau style. With drawings by Otto Ubbelohde. to Cleats publisher, Lüneburg 2002, ISBN 3-933-156-74-2.
  • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Otto Ubbelohde ( illustrations ): Grimm's Fairy Tales - Complete edition. Anaconda, Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-86647-421-5.
  • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Otto Ubbelohde (Illustrator), Eckhard Henkel (eds.): Grimm's Fairy Tales, complete edition with illustrations by Otto Ubbelohde. Subach, King Winter 2011 ( Kindle eBook).
  • Rainer Zuch, Corps Teutonia Marburg ( ed.): Otto Ubbelohde window designs for the Corp house of Teutonia Marburg. Otto Ubbelohde Foundation, Goßfelden 2013.