Franz-Valentin Hemmerle

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Franz-Valentin Hemmerle (born November 12, 1896 in Freiburg im Breisgau , † June 15, 1968 in Bad Godesberg ) was a German painter, church painter, glass painter and graphic artist.

life and work

Hemmerle grew up in Freiburg in a Catholic environment in the city center on, completed after a short apprenticeship with a master painter a traineeship at the later famous stage designer Ludwig Sievert (1887-1966) and moved in the summer of 1915 to Munich to there at the Royal School of Applied Arts to to study. His teachers were Friedrich Wirnhier and Julius Dietz . Dietz particularly encouraged him because he valued his work very much.

The war folder created by the 19-year-old and a fairy tale folder have already been bought by museums. As a result of this success he received the first order for the stained glass windows of the Catholic Church in Neustadt an der Aisch .

In 1919 he returned to Freiburg, where he worked successfully as a freelance graphic artist and artist as well as a book designer for the Freiburg publishers. He received numerous orders for stained glass windows and stained glass, including in the Heyne Monastery, the Marienkirche Donaueschingen and in Walldürn. He created wall paintings in the Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Ettlingen, in the Catholic churches of Weil- Leopoldshöhe and Ringenbach (town of Oberkirch (Baden)).

During National Socialism he had a hard fight for orders, and as an avowed Catholic who rejected the blood-and-soil realism in art propagated by the Nazis , he hardly got any orders.

His war folder , created in 1915, was confiscated from museums by the Reichskunstkammer in 1937.

His son was the future bishop of Aachen, Klaus Hemmerle , and the composer and church musician Franz Philipp was his brother-in-law.

After his son Klaus became the clergyman of the Central Committee of German Catholics in Bad Godesberg in 1968 , his parents lived in Klaus Hemmerle's household. Franz-Valentin Hemmerle died in Bad Godesberg in the same year after a long illness.


  • Hemmerle, Franz Sebastian. In: Hans Vollmer : General Lexicon of the Visual Artists of the 20th Century. Vol. 2, Seemann, Leipzig 1953, p. 415.

Individual evidence

  1. Freiburg Figaro, born 1924, issue 14, p. 23.
  2. ^ Walter Jacobi: Iconoclasm in the Province: the Nazi campaign "Degenerate Art" in 1937 in South Baden. Freiburg i. Br. 1988.
  3. Wilfried Hagemann: In love with God's word: life, thought and work by Klaus Hemmerle, Bishop of Aachen. Echter, Würzburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-429-03052-0 , p. 18.