Erich Kliefert

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Erich Kliefert (born June 20, 1893 in Berlin , † January 30, 1994 in Stralsund ; full name: Erich Hugo Fritz Kliefert ) was a German painter.

life and career

Kliefert was born in June 1893 as the son of a master potter in Berlin. From 1909 to 1910 he served an apprenticeship in Berlin's stained glass workshop of Gottfried Heinersdorff . From 1910 to 1914 he studied at the Royal Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin with Max Kutschmann , Hermann Gehri and Emil Orlik .

Mural "Rügen" in Stralsund Central Station
Stralsund, KHM, Erich Kliefert, Old Market in Winter, 1940

During the First World War he served as a soldier in Poland and France from 1914 to 1918 . After the end of the war, Kliefert attended the teaching institute of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin and the State Art School of Berlin from 1919 to 1921 .

From 1921 Erich Kliefert worked as an art teacher, graphic artist and painter. In 1924 he moved to Stralsund with his wife.

In 1928 he went on study trips to Italy with Herbert Tucholski . In 1935 he painted large-format views of his adopted city of Stralsund and the island of Rügen in the main hall of the Stralsund train station . These works are still preserved today. In 1939 he was appointed to the faculty. In February 1945 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht, but in April 1945 he was taken prisoner by the Soviets for eleven weeks. After returning to Stralsund, he initially worked as a craft worker in a toy factory and later as a restorer.

After 1946 Erich Kliefert worked as head of art circles at the Kulturbund and at the Stralsund shipyard. He was also head of department at the Stralsund Adult Education Center until 1961 and worked as a painter, graphic artist and restorer on behalf of the "Institute for Monument Preservation Schwerin". During this time he made a. a. Wall and ceiling paintings, sgraffiti , tile and glass paintings for public buildings in Stralsund as well as book illustrations. When he reached retirement age, he was freelance from 1961. Until 1973 he continued to supervise restoration work for the preservation of monuments.

His last works between 1990 and 1992 were the “Berlin Sketches”.

Kliefert made his hometown an honorary citizen of Stralsund in 1993 .

Kliefert died in Stralsund in 1994. Works by him are u. a. in the Stralsund Cultural History Museum .


The Kulturhistorisches Museum Stralsund dedicated exhibitions to him in 1978, 1983 and 1993.

In 1986 the city dedicated an exhibition to him in the Scheelehaus . In Dielenhaus (Stralsund) opened an exhibition on his 95th birthday.

In 1989 the “Kleine Humboldtgalerie” in Berlin exhibited works by Kliefert. He was also involved in exhibitions in Halle an der Saale, Rostock, Cologne and other cities in Germany.

On his 125th birthday, the Stralsund Museum is showing an extensive special exhibition from October 27, 2018 to March 3, 2019 to commemorate the artist's diverse work. Around 150 pictures of various techniques, sketchbooks, toys that he made for his children as well as photos and documents are shown.


Erich Kliefert was married to the painter Mathilde Kliefert-Gießen (born July 14, 1887 in Kiel, † January 15, 1978 in Stralsund) since October 1, 1923 . With her he had two children, Brigitte Köhler-Kliefert (1924–2001) and Martin Kliefert (1928–2016), both born in Stralsund.


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Individual evidence

  1. a b Personal form from Erich Kliefert in the personnel file of the BIL expert body in the archive database of the Library for Research on Educational History (BBF)
  2. Central Station., accessed on November 3, 2014 .
  3. ^ Marlies Walther: Memory of the station painter. In: Ostsee-Zeitung from June 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Exhibition catalog Kiel, April 2000, Mathilde Kliefert-Gießen, biography of the artist by Wieland Barthelmess, preface by Prof. Dr. Dieter Lohmeier, introduction by Martin Kliefert