Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944)
Wolf von Beckerath: noted German artist; born 18 March 1896 at Krefeld, Germany, the son of Hermann von Beckerath (11 July 1845 - 19 November 1912) and Emilia Luisa "Emilie" (te Neues) von Beckerath (18 November 1862 - 23 December 1966). Wolf von Beckerath died on 18 December 1944, a victim of a bombing of Krefeld.
Von Beckerath studied art, history, and philosophy and attended the Krefeld School for Decorative Art (1921-1923). He has been called a representative "Rhenish Painter." Mathias T. Engels called him an artist "in the true sense of a high tradition . . . of great spiritual tension . . . specifically Rhenish by his express humanity . . . breath and immediacy of life." During World War II Wolf von Beckerath did a series of paintings which are considered his most important work: "Large and complete pictorial creations, mainly of a religious character. Some of these . . . will no doubt one day rank among the best of modern paintings." Engels also gave reproductions of Wolf von Beckerath's "Shepherds’ Adoration" and "Wedding of Canaan."
Engels, M. T. Documents, Revue Mensuelle des Questions Allemandes: German Contemporary Art. Offenburg, Germany: Gesellschaft für übernationale Zusammenarbeit, 1952: 84-87.
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Correll, Ernst H. "Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Feb 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beckerath,_Wolf_von_(1896-1944)&oldid=123494.
Correll, Ernst H. (1959). Beckerath, Wolf von (1896-1944). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 February 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beckerath,_Wolf_von_(1896-1944)&oldid=123494.
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