Richard Strebel

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Photography by Richard Strebel (circa 1925)

Richard Hermann Strebel (born June 28, 1861 in Veracruz , Mexico ; † April 3, 1940 in Burghausen ) was a German dog and landscape painter and author of cynological publications.


Strebel was the oldest child of the Hamburg merchant , malacologist and archaeologist Hermann Strebel. He grew up in Veracruz until he was 6 years old. Then the family moved to Hamburg . In 1880 he began his academic training in Kassel with professors Hermann Knackfuß and Koch. In 1881 he moved to the academy in Karlsruhe to the professors Hermann Baisch and Gustav Schönleber .

Numerous study trips fall during this time ( Holstein , Neuhaus am Schliersee , Glücksburg ). In 1886 Strebel moved to Munich . From 1890 onwards, in addition to landscape painting, he increasingly devoted himself to painting animals , in particular depicting dogs. In 1892 he founded the Luitpold Group with numerous other Munich artists , with which he exhibited from then on. He also worked as a dog judge and assessor. Between 1903 and 1905 his two-volume work “The German Dogs and Their Descent” was published, which he provided with numerous illustrations and 27 plates. At the same time, he became a sought-after dog portraitist and worked on various cynological publications as a writer of specialist articles and as an illustrator . In 1919 Strebel moved from Gauting to Raitenhaslach near Burghausen to the Trutzhof . The painter was married to the dog breeder Helene Strebel (née Simons), who bred Schnauzers under the kennel name "Schwabing" . In 1940 he died in Burghausen.


Richard Strebel's work can be attributed stylistically to naturalism , which enjoyed high recognition especially among dog lovers.

Exhibitions with the Munich Luitpold Group
  • 1901 Large Berlin art exhibition and Zurich artist house
  • 1903 Munich Glass Palace, Wertheim Art Exhibition and Berlin Art Salon
  • 1905 City Museum for Arts and Crafts Halle
  • 1907 annual exhibition in the Glaspalast, Hamburger Kunsthalle and Emil Richter's art salon
  • 1908 Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
  • 1912 Frankfurt
  • 1926 Munich exhibition "The dog in art" a. a.

Between 1913 and 1919 numerous illustrations for the Munich magazine Jugend (e.g. title page, 1918, no.16)

Cynological specialist literature
  • Richard Strebel: The German dogs and their descent. 2 volumes, 1903–1905 (reprint for the 125th birthday of Richard Strebel, Kynos Verlag, Mürlenbach / Eifel 1986).
  • Collaboration on Max Siber: The Dogs of Africa. St. Gallen 1899, and The Dogs of Asia. St. Gallen no year
  • Publications and illustrations in: Blätter für Pinscherfreunde. In: Announcements of the Pinscher Schnauzer Club , Dog Sports and Hunting , The breed characteristics of the dogs (Munich 1905), The Miniature Schnauzer (Josef Berta, Erfurt around 1905), The upbringing of the young dog in the first year of life (Rudolf Löns, Eberbach am Neckar 1920 ).



Bronze medal , London Crystal Palace, 1890


  • Herbert Hirschfelder: Richard Strebel. For the 125th birthday . In: Pinscher and Schnauzer Heft 6, June 1986, pp. 5-11.
  • Horst Ludwig (ed.) U. a .: Bruckmann's Lexicon of Munich Art . Munich painters in the 19th century in four volumes. Volume 4, Munich 1983, p. 223 f.
  • Ines Pelzl: Specialization as a market strategy. The dog pictures by the Munich animal painter Richard Strebel (1861-1940). Dissertation Würzburg 2014 ( PDF).
  • Lothar Schultes (Ed.): Maximilian Liebenwein. A painter between impressionism and art nouveau. Linz 2006, pp. 31, 109, 114.
  • Richard Strebel: The German dogs and their descent. Anniversary edition for Richard Strebel's 125th birthday. Kynos Verlag, Mürlenbach / Eifel 1986.
  • Strebel, Richard . In: Hans Vollmer (Hrsg.): General lexicon of fine artists from antiquity to the present . Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker . tape 32 : Stephens – Theodotos . EA Seemann, Leipzig 1938, p. 184 .
  • Wilhelm Zils: Intellectual and artistic Munich in autobiographies. Munich 1913.

Web links

Commons : Richard Strebel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wilhelm Zils: Intellectual and artistic Munich in autobiographies. Munich 1913, p. 357.
  2. ^ Josef Berta: Richard Strebel. In: dog sports and hunting. No. 16, Gehren i. Thür. 1913, p. 290.