Ernst von Saucken

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Ernst von Saucken (born September 26, 1856 in Tatars in the Darkehmen district ; † December 12, 1920 in Berlin , buried in the family grave in Tatars) was an East Prussian landscape and hunting painter .


The son of the landowner, member of the Reichstag and the Prussian House of Representatives, Kurt von Saucken-Tarputschen and Lina Johanna Emilie Amalie von Saucken was a draftsman who took a liking to nature. He received his training at the Königsberg Art Academy and, since 1879, private lessons in Düsseldorf with Christian Kröner . He worked in Düsseldorf until 1884 , then in Berlin.

Works with cows in the pasture, farmers with horses and plows, greyhounds and hares, some in a wintry landscape, were created on the parents' estate - images that exude peace and quiet. But von Saucken was artistically even more versatile, he composed, wrote and modeled toy figures. However, his sphere of activity was closer to home, as a landscape and hunting painter he was represented at many art exhibitions, mainly in Hanover , Munich and Berlin as well as at the Kunstverein in Königsberg . His works were created according to his own specifications, which read: "Art is the highest order, and craft is at the beginning of every art, but art is at the end of every craft".

With the fall of East Prussia, many of his works were lost.


Web links

  • Insel-Antiquariat essay on Ernst von Saucken - an East Prussian painter ; Imprint from Angerapper home letter. News from the city and district of Angerapp / Darkehmen (Ostpr.) And the sponsored city of Mettmann. December 2002, p. 136

Individual evidence

  1. Artists of the Düsseldorf School of Painting (selection, status: November 2016): Saucken, Ernst von 1879-1884 (PU) C. Kröner (PDF) , on, accessed on February 12, 2017