Otto Ebel (wood cutter)

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Otto Theodor Ebel (born July 15, 1843 in Potsdam , † September 22, 1893 in Berlin ) was a German wood cutter , graphic artist and book illustrator . He was best known for his architecture - woodcuts that had a decisive influence on the Centralblatt of the building administration from the time it was built.


Ebel learned the trade of woodcutter in Berlin, where he also worked all his life. After 1860 he opened his own workshop for making woodcuts. In the earlier years of his independent work he was more concerned with the production of woodcuts for historical or entertainment writings. Among them were The Schleswig-Holstein War in 1864 by Theodor Fontane , whereby the woodcuts were made based on drawings by L. Burger and Luder.

Later he turned completely to the technical and architectural woodcut. A wealth of woodcuts were created in Ebels' workshop, and not just by himself. Although the art of woodcutting had already been supplanted by cheap mechanical reproduction processes, these were represented in almost all important publications of engineering and had an influence on the development of technical illustration. Ebel's workshop was practically unique.

On September 22nd, 1893, Otto Ebel died after a short illness at the age of 51 from a stroke . In the obituary of the Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung it was said: "In particular, the Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung will not forget what it owes its departed work colleague." Until at least 1899, there were isolated works by Ebel.


Woodcut by Otto Ebel

Otto Ebel's woodcuts were, in the opinion of his contemporaries, characterized by love, skill and architectural understanding . The illustrations in the following works are particularly noteworthy.


Web links

Commons : Otto Ebel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Baptismal register of the Garrison Community of Potsdam, p. 518
  2. Death Register StA Berlin VI, No. 1112/1893