Max Brösel

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Oskar Max Brösel (born June 6, 1871 in Dresden , † October 9, 1947 in Radebeul ) was a German painter , commercial artist and illustrator , as well as a children's book author and toy designer.


After childhood and school years in Dresden, Brösel studied from 1888 to 1894 at the Dresden Art Academy . As an award for a “particularly successful nude drawing”, Brösel received a scholarship to a Paris art studio. After completing his studies, he worked as a freelance painter and illustrator in Dresden . His first major job was to paint the stage curtain for the Victoria-Salon variety theater . Due to his good professional prospects, Brösel was allowed to marry the daughter of the Dresden publisher Carl Reissner .

In 1901 the family of four moved from a small Dresden city apartment to the suburb of Radebeul . In the 1900s and 1910s he created portraits and landscape drawings, but also cover designs, postcard designs and title pages for children's calendars (including for Auerbach's German children's calendar ). Between 1907 and 1914 he actively promoted the concerns of the Kunstverein for the Lößnitz and created pictures with motifs from the surrounding Lößnitz landscape for several of his annual editions . In the economically difficult years of the First World War, Brösel accepted a position as a school drawing teacher; He also gave private lessons.

After the First World War, Brösel, following an invitation, went on a trip to Switzerland, which he documented with numerous landscape pictures. Back in Saxony, since art commissions and exhibition sales did not secure a living for him, he had to accept a position as an advertising designer. In addition to the part-time illustration of fairy tale and children's books, he wrote some fable stories himself for his children, such as the fairy tale of the apple that flew over the sea , and he designed and built children's toys for them.

From 1903 Brösel was a member of the Dresdner Apfel-Loge ( To the golden apple ). In 1912, when a local Masonic Association was transformed into a Masonic Club in Loessnitz , Brösel was one of its members.

Brösel lived and worked in what is now Radebeul at different addresses, from 1905 he lived at Einsteinstraße 5 (Radebeul), from 1913 to 1934 at Wasastraße 38 ( Serkowitz ) and before his death at Nizzastraße 24 (Serkowitz). On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the Hoflößnitz local history museum organized a comprehensive retrospective on his life's work in September 1946.


  • Max Brösel, Fritz Soldan: Source panels of modern ornamentation: e. inexhaustible Motif treasure for individual Creating in the arts and crafts. Kühtmann, 1902.
  • Auerbach's German children's calendar 1907–1929. In addition to illustrations, the following extended articles can be found there:
    • A boyish prank. 1910.
    • Hänschen's flight adventure; invented and drawn by Max Brösel. Addition, 1916.
    • The dirigible airship; a board game by Otto Promber; drawn by Max Brösel. Addition, 1917.
  • Hans Dreist, Max Brösel: The Provincial Uncle. Reissner, 1912.
  • Fritz Baumgarten , Max Brösel, Alfred Liebig, Otto Peter, Max Thalmann, Christine Tittmann: Uncle Anton's children's stories: for entertainment, amusement and instruction for our children. 2 volumes, A. Anton & Co., Leipzig 1923.
  • Adolf Holst , Fritz Baumgarten, Marie Margarethe Behrens, Nora Berg, Fritz Boldt, Robert Breiding, Max Brösel, Irene Ebert, Albert Erbert, Martha Flügel, Herbert Franz, Helga Häckmann, Paul Hey, Gottfried Kirchbach, Theodora Knauthe, Ludwig Marx, Ilse Meister-Zeyen, A. Müller-Münster, Ludwig Richter, Gerda Riege, W. Rosch, Hans Stubenrauch, Albert Wimmer, Karl Winter: The youth leisure hours: A collection of the most beautiful stories, fairy tales, plays, riddles, etc. 2 volumes, A . Anton & Co., Leipzig 1926.
  • Johannes Gebhardt, Max Brösel, Rudolf Schulz: In the fairy tale kingdom: a collection of beautiful German fairy tales from old and new time. Hahn, 1929.
  • Max Brösel, Rudolf Schulz: The beautiful Magelone and other stories. Hahn, Leipzig 1930.
  • The beautiful Lößnitz !: Radebeul, Coswig, Weinböhla. 1936.
  • Erwin Hertwich, Max Brösel: A Thousand Years of Struggle for the Rhine: The Destruction of Heidelberg in 1689. Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Verlag, Leipzig 1940.
  • Brumbe's hike. Word u. Image, 1946.
  • J. Wishes, Max Brösel: A spring day in the German forest. Wiedemann, 1948.


  • Brösel, Oskar Max. In: Frank Andert (Red.): Stadtlexikon Radebeul . Historical manual for the Loessnitz . Published by the Radebeul City Archives. 2nd, slightly changed edition. City archive, Radebeul 2006, ISBN 3-938460-05-9 , p. 32 (with a photo by Brösel).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Maren Gündel: Max Brösel - cultural all-rounder, freemason and chairman of the art association for the Loessnitz villages. On the 65th anniversary of death. ( Memento from December 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Kathrin Krüger-Mlaouhia: The lodges . Secret societies with an open heart. activ Verlag, Großenhain 2009, ISBN 3-9811358-5-7 , p. 151 .
  3. Auerbach's German Children's Calendar (with pictures of the corresponding pages).