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The Life & Works of Peter Pöppelmann

A Biography of a German Sculptor and Draftsman

By David Freeman

 

 

Peter Pöppelmann, the Bather - Bronze -  1897

 

 

 

 Peter Pöppelmann (Peter Poeppelmann) was a talented German sculptor and draftsman who was born on April 24th, 1866 in the town of Harswinkel in district of Gütersloh, Westphalia, Germany.


  Born the son of a carpenter Ferdinand Tischler Poppelmann and Gertrude Pöppelmann, (nee Zurbrüggen) it was a natural progression therefore that Peter Pöppelmann's first training was with his father as a carpenter. Though he rapidly became interested in sculpture and carving, particularly in wood as well as in stone.

 In 1886, at the age of twenty Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) worked as a journeyman (a senior apprentice) in various German cathedrals, restoring and creating ecclesiastical furniture, before joining the sculptor 'Henich Fleige' in Munster where he continued his artistic and sculptural training.

 By his 26th birthday Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) was employed as a full time technician in the studio of Bernhard Kurt Roch, a master sculptor in Dresden. There Pöppelmann was able to exercise his artistic talents fully under the guidance of the master craftsman Roch.

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Small Bronzed reproduction sculpture by Peter Pöppelmann; (Peter Poeppelmann) The Bather. 1897

Photograph: Jackie Freeman Photography

 

                                      

 

  In 1897 Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) received the gold medal from the Dresden Academy exhibition and in 1900 he joined the Dresden Art Academy. Poppelman's achievements and talent flourished there and by 1906 Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) became an extraordinary member of the Berliner Secession and art associattion with some remakable artist members, founded eight years earlier as an alternative to the more conservative German academy, the Association of Berlin Artists.

In 1907. Poppelmann (Poeppelmann) was also made an honorary member of the Dresden Academy of Arts. He also became a Professor of the Arts Academy in his own right. Amongst his pupils was Dorothea von Philipsborn 1894 Strehlitz – 1971.

 It is true to say that Poppelmann is a seldom noted and a highly underated sculptor. he was afine artist who turned his hand to many practical and diverse craft skills. Working as a portraitist, he sculpted in Marble, Plaster, Wood and Bronze, fashioning busts of many prominent individuals in his time. As a medal designer, he worked on a smaller scale pieces in bronze and silver. And as a small, decorative arts designer, he turned his professional skills towards the commercial market, producing fashionable editions in bronze of nudes and other subjects such as the 'Bather' illustrated above and others below.

But it is as an architectural stone mason that his creative ability is rarely recognised, having created large scale figrative statuary in stonefor prominent citing on important buildings and churches. Building s such as the Rathausturm is the highest tower in the city of Dresden, (later illustrated)

During his life, Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) created figures, statues and decorations for the city hall and the Church of Christ in Dresden and for the Jakobikirche in Freiberg, Saxony. ( illustrated)
  In his native city of Harsewinkel, Poppelman's most celebrated sculpture, the Bathers has been held since 2001.

 He also looked towards other commercial applications for his skills. Creating monumental bronze releifs, urns and statuary for tombs and cemetaries, parks and gardens.

But at the end of the first world war, a change in traditional style marked a similar change in his career. Modern architectural styles without building sculptures and a marked decline in public building contracts, led to a period of economic problems for the sculptor, but he pressed on regardless.

Diversification his strength.


  On the 6th of November 1947, at the age of 81 years, Peter Poppelmann died of a lung infection in the devatated city of Dresden.
A city in which dozens of his fine works of art must have been destroyed in the Allied bombing raids on the city.


  Other works created by Peter Pöppelmann are held in the State Art Collection ( Staatliche Kunstsammlungen ) in Dresden - Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection) the Albertinum, also in principal museums in Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Munster and Oldenburg.

 Peter Pöppelmann (Poeppelmann) worked in a variety of materials including bronzes and is remembered for his fine and modestly composed figures of nude figures such as the bronze illustrated below which was discovered at the Saskatoon Roadshow in September 2008 and lead to my particular interest in the artist.

 

 

Peter Pöppelmann, the Bather - Bronze -  1897 Peter Poppelmann signature

Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann) signature on a cast bronze statue

Photograph: Jackie Freeman Photography

 

 

The Works of Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann)

Das Leben & Werk von Peter Pöppelmann Eine Biographie eines Deutschen Bildhauers und Zeichners 

By David Freeman

 

 

Allegory  of  Goodness - formerly attributed to Peter Poppelmann has been the subject of some arguement & now reattributed to August SchreitmüllerThe argument continues...

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Poppelmann works of art in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen - Dresden

 

 

Female Figure Bathing 1897

1897, Bronze, 45 x 20 x 32,3 cm

Inv. 1887

Purchased from the artist Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann) 1901

Nackte junge Frau
Pöppelmann, Peter (1866-1947)

Bildhauer 1894

Plaster H: 169,5 cm, B: 64,0 cm, T: 41,0 cm ASN 1494

 

Female Portrait of the artist’s wife

Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann)

Circa: Before 1904, Parian Marble,

50 x 33 x 24,5 cm

Purchased with funds from the State of Saxony for Small-Scale Sculpture in 1904

^ Bust of Bruno Schröder Bronze

Peter Poppelmann:(Poeppelmann)

Before 1934, Bronze,

51 x 23,7 x 22,8 cm

Purchased from the artist, 1934

 

 

   

 

Girl with a Child, Figurine

Peter Poeppelmann

Before 1904, Bronze, 30,5 x 11 x 9 cm

Purchased with funds from the State of Saxony for Small-Scale Sculpture in 1904 (other specimen called “Geschwistergruppe“: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe)

Mädchenhalbakt Half draped girl.

Gray marble

H: 83,0 cm, B: 40,0 cm, T: 30,5 cm

Inventarnummer

ZV 4113

Removed from the office building Reichsstatthalter

("imperial lieutenant")

Dresden in 1942

 

 

Fräulein Ritter

Pöppelmann, Peter (1866-1947)

1897

ZV 2231

Grey Marble

H: 59,0 cm, B: 49,0 cm, T: 30,5 cm

Purchased with funds from the State of Saxony for Small-Scale Sculpture in 1905

 

Porträt Ludolf von Krehl

Plaster

After 1920

H: 48,5 cm, B: 28,0 cm, T: 25,0 cm

       

 

   

Prof. Carl Bantzer

Pöppelmann, Peter (1866-1947)

H: 57,0 cm, B: 30,0 cm, T: 25,5 cm

1906 Plaster

Fritz von Uhde

Bronze plaque 1924

H: 9,3 cm, B: 6,7 cm, T: 1,0 cm

   

 

 

     

OTHER WORKS:

 

     
Die Badende’ by Peter Poeppelmann Peter Pöppelmann Bronze

This images is from the National

gallery in Berlin who hold a different variation of the same Peter Pöppelmann Bronze Dancers

Siblings 2

Monogrammed Geschwisterpaar.

Bronze

Die Badende’ by Peter Poeppelmann. Bronze

©Jan Krieft and Sarah Boeller

We are very grateful to the municipal administration of Harsewinkel Germany and in particular Eckhard Moeller for providing us with information of the artist and an image of the sculpture; Die Badende’ (right) by Peter Poeppelmann which is housed in the “Rathaus Harsewinkel” .

 

 

Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann)

REIGEN, ZWEI JUGENDSTILMADCHEN

IN LANGEN WEICHFLIESSENDEN GEWANDERN

Bronze Reproduction

 

Pöppelmann, Peter. 1866 Harsewinkel - Dresden 1947
Weiblicher Akt. Bronze, braun patiniert.

Sign. H. 49 cm.

 

 

This is one of the most famous and important works of the sculptor Poppelmann, which has been extensively exhibited and

published in the then art literature. In 1900 Pöppelmann showed the "Reigen" for the first time successfully in the Great Berlin

art exhibition, in which the national gallery instantly bought the bronze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Poeppelmann: Boy riding on a Dolphin

  

 

 

Peter Poeppelmann (Poeppelmann)

Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann)

Boy riding on a Dolphin. Bronze

 

   "DEUTSCHE BAUAUSSTELLUNG DRESDEN". 1900.

    Silver Plaque

    Size: H. 7.4 cm. Eg max. 7.0 cm,

Mother and child

Marble

   

 

 

 

Aphrodite

Marble

Schloss Eckberg, Schlossgarten

Urchin

Peter Poppelmann (Poeppelmann)

Bronze

^Peter Pöppelmann: Gedenkplakette an Elisa von der Recke und Christoph August Tiedge (1904) am Hotel Bellevue in Dresden Commemorative Placque to Elisa von der Recke (German writer and poet and

Christoph August Tiedge also a German poet. Diplayed at the Hotel Bellevue in Dresden.

Rectangular bronze plaque by P. Poppelmann commemorating International Hygiene Exhibition at Dresden, German, 1911

   

 

 

 

 

 

Between 1908-1910, he created the sculptures Love, Hope, Prudence and Vigilance for the viewing platform Rathausturm Dresden.

 

Love and Hope

Wisdom and Piety

 
 

 

 

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saxonia auf dem Turm des Ständehauses Dresden.

There are other allegorical representations in sandstone by Peter Pöppelman in the tower area: 'Agriculture' and 'Fertility'

FERTILITY
Photo H Brunig.  

 

 

   

Designs for a Schiller Monument for Dresden. A Model by Peter Pöppelmann received second prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1906: Portrait relief August Toepler

for his grave in St. John's Cemetery in Dresden

1896: Bronze relief for the tomb of Gustav Ziller

in the cemetery Radebeul-Ost

1915: urn of the tomb of Artist Gotthard Kuehl, Urnenhain Tolkewitz

Monument for the tomb of Max Immelmann

The municipal cemetery and Urnenhain Tolkewitz
 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

Christ figure for the Portal der Christuskirche in Dresden 1910

above the reliefs "The Sower" and "The Good Shepherd"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The bronze statue of FLORA, formerly created by Peter Pöppelmann (right), sadly fell victim to the Second World War. It was housed at the Floratempel, built in 1909, on the southern side of Lake Louisa, with its spring and flower goddess Flora. It iis today one of the most romantic places in Bad Elsters. This early postcard above is from publisher Brück & Sohn circa 1909.

 

 

 

 

 

     

Known works with No image:

Therodor Giorgii Bust

Christian Georg Pathologist,1921;

Bronze relief by P. Pöppelmann;

15th Exhibition Berlin Exhibition:

"Graceful female figure for a fountain"

   
 

 

 

Bust of a young woman. Not identified.

Bronze, rückseitig sign., auf quaderförmigem Holzsockel, Ges.-H. 44 cm

 


                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bibliography:

Peter Poppelmann

(Peter Poeppelmann)

Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker, Hans Vollmer (Ed.): Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Band 27, Leipzig 1933, page 183;

Eckhard Möller: Stadtarchiv Harsewinkel zeigt Skulpturen, in: Archivpflege in Westfalen und Lippe, issue  47, April 1998, page 42

 

                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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