Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944)

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Wolf von Beckerath (b. 18 March 1896, d. 18 December 1944) was a noted German artist, born at Krefeld, Germany. He studied art, history, and philosophy and attended the Krefeld School for Decorative Art (1921-1923). He has been called a representative "Rhenish Painter." Mathias T. Engels called him an artist "in the true sense of a high tradition . . . of great spiritual tension . . . specifically Rhenish by his express humanity . . . breath and immediacy of life." During World War II Wolf von Beckerath did a series of paintings which are considered his most important work: "Large and complete pictorial creations, mainly of a religious character. Some of these . . . will no doubt one day rank among the best of modern paintings." Engels also gave reproductions of Wolf von Beckerath's "Shepherds’ Adoration" and "Wedding of Canaan." Wolf von Beckerath died a victim of a bombing of Krefeld.


Engels, M. T. Documents, Revue Mensuelle des Questions Allemandes: German Contemporary Art. Offenburg, Germany: Gesellschaft für übernationale Zusammenarbeit, 1952: 84-87.

"Wolf von Beckerath." Kunst & Krefeld e.v. Accessed 9 July 2007. <>

Author(s) Ernst H Correll
Date Published 1959

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Correll, Ernst H. "Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Jun 2018.,_Wolf_von_(1896-1944)&oldid=75296.

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Correll, Ernst H. (1959). Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 June 2018, from,_Wolf_von_(1896-1944)&oldid=75296.


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