Hermann Scherenberg

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Hermann Scherenberg
Friedrich Graf Kleist von Nollendorf , woodcut by Hermann Scherenberg 1863
Hermann Scherenberg only signed some of his works with a hand sign.

Hermann Scherenberg (born January 20, 1826 in Swinoujscie ; † August 21, 1897 in Groß-Lichterfelde near Berlin ) was a German painter , illustrator and caricaturist .

According to Theodor Fontane , who knew the Scherenbergs well and reports about them in his autobiography Meine Kinderjahre , the family should originally come from Westphalia. Hermann Scherenberg was the son of Johann Friedrich Scherenberg, who was married twice to women from the Huguenot colony in Swinoujscie. Hermann Scherenberg came from his father's second marriage to Miss Villaret. His older half-brother was the poet Christian Friedrich Scherenberg . He was also related to the poet and journalist Ernst Scherenberg .

In 1846/1847 Scherenberg studied painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy . There he was a student of Theodor Hildebrandt .

For many years Scherenberg was a permanent employee of the Illustrierte Zeitung , in which numerous drawings by his hand have appeared. Scherenberg drew portraits of prominent personalities and striking scenes from Prussian and German history as well as situations from popular life.

He had a son, Hans Scherenberg, who also became a painter.

Hermann Scherenberg died in Groß-Lichterfelde in 1897 at the age of 71 and was buried in the Luisenstadt cemetery in Berlin. The tomb has not been preserved.

Selected works


  1. cf. Theodor Fontane: My childhood. Autobiographical novel. 4th edition, Berlin 1903. Chap. 7, pp. 112-116.
  2. ^ Museum Kunstpalast : Artists from the Düsseldorf School of Painting (selection, as of November 2016, PDF )
  3. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin tombs . Haude & Spener, Berlin 2006. p. 83.

Web links

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