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Wrba George (born January 3, 1872 in Munich; † 9 January 1939 in Dresden) was a German sculptor and graphic artist. He was one of the most important German sculptors of the 20th Century and created more than 3000 plastic plants.


Wrba George was the son of a blacksmith, born in 1872 in Munich. His education began at the Elder Jacob Bradl Bradl and his son Jacob the younger. From 1891 to 1896 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. After allowing a stay in Italy (with Egon Rheinberger), by a travel grant of Prince Regent Luitpold, he settled in 1897 as an independent sculptor in Munich down and became head of urban sculpture school. 1906 and 1907 he worked in Berlin, where he created architectural sculptures for the architect Ludwig Hoffmann and Alfred Messel. After moving to Dresden, he taught from 1907 to 1930 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. He joined the Dresden school of sculpture with the reform ideas of the German Werkbund. In the Dresden artists known as "The Guild" He was a founding member. This striving for a combination of different art forms. Ornamentation they rejected as an end in itself, painting and sculpture should be combined with the architecture. In Dresden he built including the Marie Gey Fountain near the main station in Dresden Südvorstadt, which had been donated to the doctor, Dr. Heinze for his wife who died young, a student at the Art Academy. 1910 made Wrba an opinion for the restoration and completion of the missing parts of the kennel. He led the work of 53 stone sculptors from 1911 to 1933 and created numerous groups of figures on living models for the kennel. George died on 9 Wrba January 1939 in Dresden. According to him, a street is named. His grave is located on the cemetery in Munich.
Work (selection) [Edit]

George Wrbas work includes mainly construction, small fountains and sculptures.

    1899: Seal Fountain (bronze), Berlin, in the courtyard of the Rudolf-Virchow-Klinikum
    1899: plastic jewelry at the well of the Bismarck tower on Lake Starnberg [1]
    1900: figures and stone carvings in the church of St. Maximilian in Munich [2]
    1900: Diana on the doe, Kunsthalle Bremen
    1900: Europe on the bull, Kunsthalle Bremen
    1902: Warrior wells in Nördlingen
    1905: St. Mang-wells in Kempten
    1905: marble bust of Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria
    1906: Otto von Wittelsbach, equestrian statue, bridge Wittelsbach in Munich
    1906: chicken well in Aschersleben
    1906-1908: Putting the Villa Wollner in Dresden
    1906-1911: Participation in the sculptural decoration of the town house in Berlin, etc. Allegory of the civic virtues and design of the ballroom ("Bear Room") [3]
    1907: Bronze allegorical groups as the crowning of the Charlottenburg Gate Bridge in Charlottenburg, Berlin (melted) [4]
    1907: two marble portals with allegories in the entrance hall of the department store of the West in Berlin
    1907: portraits of Georg Treu, Erlwein Hans Otto iron man, Cornelius Gurlitt, Fritz Schumacher, Martin Dülfer
    1908: altar sculpture "Good Shepherd" in the Church of Reconciliation in Dresden
    1909: Bismarck's Fountain on Market Square in Arnstadt
    1910: Group 'drunken Bacchus on Ass "and two seated bronze lions with shields on the east side and Hietzigbrunnen on the west side of the new town hall in Dresden [5]
    1910: Sculpture of Aphrodite at Marie Gey Fountain on the Friedrich-List-Platz in Dresden
    1910: Relief "Siegfried's way into Worms" Worms on Cornelianum in [6]
    1910: bronze lions outside the New Town Hall in Dresden
    1911: City Hall fountain at the new city hall in Dresden
    1912/1913: Participation in the fairy fountain in Friedrichshain park in Berlin-Friedrichshain
    1911-1933: Artistic Director of the restoration work at the Dresden Zwinger
    1917: "Large Bathers" on shell (bronze, WV 191) for a small country estate in Flottbek, since 1928 the swimming pool of the Palazzo by Max Emden on the Brissago Island on Lake Maggiore in Switzerland
    1911: Bronze bust of Peter von Klemperer
    1912: plastic jewelry at bay, at the portals and the fountain in the courtyard of Rappolthauses in Hamburg [7]
    1918: Diana on the doe, municipal park
    1918: "Large Bathers", Aschersleben
    1918: Portrait bust of Max Klinger
    1921: Statuette "love sound", Art Gallery of Gera
    1922: Bronze bust of Carl Zeiss
    1922: Fountain in Europe Königsheimplatz in Dresden [8]
    1922: Statuette "nude dancer" collection Bleichert, Leipzig
    1922: Bronze bust of Gerhart Hauptmann
    1922: "Small Seated arranging, hair" (WV 238)
    1923: Bronze bust of Alfred Tiedemann
    1924: "The Kiss", Privately Owned (WV 264)
    1925-1930: memorial for the fallen of World War II in the old cemetery in sausages, with Oswin Hempel and Arthur Lange (1875-1929)
    1926: Mönckeberg Fountain in Hamburg (WV 273), construction of the well system (according to the plans in collaboration with the architect Fritz Schumacher) 1914 to 1920, supplementing the lateral bronze figures 1926 (1944 severely damaged, reconstruction of the lion by the sculptor Philip Hamburger Harth 1965) [9]
    1927: "The end point" in private hands (WV 260.2)
    1927: Group of figures, "a widow with two children" for the war memorial in Radebeul
    1928: "Runner", a privately owned (WV 290)
    1929: "The Grim Reaper" for the crematorium in Forst (Lausitz)
    1930/1934: grave times for Bruno and the family re Steglich on the cemetery in Trebsen
    1932: wide-ranging set of architectural sculpture in the interior of the cathedral in Wurzen

    Centaurs "Triton" (1912) in Hamburg's city park

    Taurus fountain in front of the former slaughterhouse in Dresden Great Ostragehege

    Lateral marble doorway in the entrance hall of KaDeWe, 1908

    Herme next to the fairy fountain in Friedrichshain park in Berlin.

    City Hall fountain at the new city hall of Dresden, 1911

    City Hall fountain in the Castle Square at the New Town Hall in Leipzig, 1908

Work as judges (selection) [Edit]

    1925: Jurors in the high-rise office building Idenwettbewerb for the seller of the Dresden in Dresden on John Ring (now the corner of Dr. Külz ring / Mary Street / Dippoldiswalder space) [10]


    Drago Bock: It is unparalleled. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung Wurzen output, from 10 May 2010.
    Kloss Guenter Georg Wrba (1872-1939). A sculptor between historicism and modernism. (= Studies on international architecture and art history, volume 2) Michael Imhof Verlag, Peter Berg, 1998, ISBN 3-932526-20-1.
    Thomas Popper (ed.): Georg Wrba (1872-1939). In the shadow of modernity. Plöttner Verlag, Leipzig, 2009, ISBN 978-3-938442-67-8.
    Rolf Günther: Symbolism in Saxony from 1870 to 1920. Dresden, sandstone, 2005, ISBN 3-937602-36-4.

Web Links

    Literature by and about George Wrba in the catalog of the German National Library
    Articles on George Wrba Stadtwiki in Dresden
    Picture of Wrba portraits of Otto Gussmann Stadtwiki in Dresden
    Ruud van Capelleveen: George Wrba. (2006) to (in Dutch)
    About five works in Berlin on Wrbas
    Gunther Trentzsch: Fountains in Dresden - a selection.

Notes and references

    ↑ Bismarck tower on Lake Starnberg
    ↑ figures and stone carvings in the church of St. Maximilian in Munich
    ↑ Return of the Bears in the banquet hall of the Berlin city hall
    ↑ restoration of the Charlottenburg Gate in Berlin
    ↑ art in public spaces. (Brochure of Dresden) in 1996.
    ↑ Gernot Schnellbacher: Monuments Nibelungen in Worms. (With picture of the Nibelungen-reliefs on Cornelianum)
    ↑ architectural decoration on Rappolthaus in Hamburg
    ↑ Wrbas Europe well in the Königsheimplatz in Dresden
    ↑ Bildarchiv Hamburg, Möckebergbrunnen
    ↑ page to the skyscraper competition
Stoneware production forests, initially mainly for SP Gerz, and later for Reinhold Merkelbach and others. This activity continued until the twenties in years. In 1905 he took up a teaching position at the ceramics school in Koblenz / Westerwald. In 1911 he moved to Berlin in order to continue his sculptural work there. Received by him monuments in Wuppertal-Barmen, Berlin, Cologne and Castle Castle / Wuppertal and a bust of Goethe in the Federal Central Bank in Frankfurt. 1934-1944 he was a teacher for "sculpture" in the United State Schools for Free and Applied Arts (from 1939: "National School of Fine Arts") active in Berlin. In 1938 he edited a bronze sculpture "Falkner" at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
Notes and references

    ↑ Museum Ludwig (ed.): Sculpture in Cologne. Sculptures of the 20th Century in the city. Cologne 1988, p.14

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