Max Dungert

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Self-Portrait in Front of Easel (1925 to 1930)
In the café (1919)

Max Wilhelm Waldemar Dungert (born September 3, 1896 in Magdeburg , † May 1945 in Berlin ) was a German painter and graphic artist.


Dungert was born as the son of the police messenger Ferdinand Friedrich August Wilhelm Dungert and Betty Elise Minna. Koehler was born. From 1910 he attended the Magdeburg School of Applied Arts . Rudolf Bosselt and Adolf Rettelbusch were among his teachers . He was one of the co-founders of the artists' association Die Kugel, founded in Magdeburg in 1919 . Alongside other members such as Franz Jan Bartels , Bruno Beye , Wilhelm Höpfner , Alfred John and August Bratfisch, he was committed to an expressionist art that he saw as a means to improve the world.

In 1921 Dungert went to Berlin and joined the November group there. At times he entered into a studio partnership with Bruno Beye. From 1925 to 1928 he completed study and spa stays in Italy and France as well as in Davos in Switzerland . In 1930 Dungert founded a private drawing school and joined the international artists' association Porza .

After the seizure of power of the Nazis one of his works as part of the campaign "was in 1937 Degenerate Art " confiscated. In 1944 he was drafted into military service. His studio was destroyed in World War II.

The city of Magdeburg named a street in his honor ( Dungertweg ).


Initially, Dungert's work was strongly influenced by Cubism and Expressionism . After 1920 his work showed a tendency towards more realism. He created studies, paintings, designs for architects, self-portraits, landscapes and still lifes . He also made portraits of well-known artists of his time such as Kurt Weill , Paul Hindemith and Yvette Guilbert .

Parts of his work have been destroyed, in particular the glass windows of the Trümpy School , which he created in 1925. Paintings by Dungert are owned by the Berlinische Galerie , the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg and the Galerie Bodo Niemann Berlin.


  • Renate Hagedorn: Dungert, Max . In: General Artist Lexicon . The visual artists of all times and peoples (AKL). Volume 30, Saur, Munich a. a. 2001, ISBN 3-598-22770-1 , p. 554.
  • Renate Hagedorn: Dungert, Max Wilhelm Waldemar. In: Guido Heinrich, Gunter Schandera (ed.): Magdeburg Biographical Lexicon 19th and 20th centuries. Biographical lexicon for the state capital Magdeburg and the districts of Bördekreis, Jerichower Land, Ohrekreis and Schönebeck. Scriptum, Magdeburg 2002, ISBN 3-933046-49-1 .
  • Martin Wiehle : Magdeburg personalities. Published by the Magistrate of the City of Magdeburg, Department of Culture. imPuls Verlag, Magdeburg 1993, ISBN 3-910146-06-6 .

Web links

Commons : Max Dungert  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Magdeburg, Germany, Birth Register 1874–1903 [database on-line], Magdeburg Old Town Registry Office, Register Number 2372/1896