Scheibe, Richard

BORN 19 Apr 1879, Chemnitz, Sachsen - DIED 6 Oct 1964, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtische Friedhof an der Schmargendorfer Kirche, Misdroyer Straße 50, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (A-1a, near the outer wall (Ehrengrab))

Richard Schiebe was trained as a painter but he also educated himself as a sculptor from 1906 onwards. Around 1900 he became friends with Georg Kolbe in Italy. In 1909 his name became known to the public and in 1911 he joined the Sezession in Berlin.

From 1925 to 1933 he was a teacher at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt am Main. In 1926 he was commissioned with the Ebert monument for the Paulskirche. The nazis dismissed him in 1933 but in 1934 he was reinstated. He was unhappy with the Ebert monument and wanted to destroy it in 1936 but it still exists and is now at the Museum of History in Frankfurt am Main.

He moved from Frankfurt to Berlin and there he became a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts in 1936. He exhibited regularly at the Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung that was used for nazi propaganda. In 1941 Joseph Goebbels bought his drawing "Abend am Main". In 1944 he received the Goethe-Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft and he was added to the Gottbegnadeten-Liste which meant he wasn't sent to war.

In 1953 his "Ehrenmal der Opfer des 20. Juli 1944" was unveiled by Berlin mayor Ernst Reuter and he received further several prizes after the war. He died in 1964 in Berlin.

Related persons
• designed grave monument of Gropius, Walter
• was a friend of Kolbe, Georg
• designed grave monument of Kowa, Victor de
• had grave monument executed by Marcks, Gerhard


The grave of Richard Scheibe at the Friedhof an der Schmargendorfer Kirche, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (27 May 2015)


• Steckner, Cornelius, Museum Friedhof, Bedeutende Grabmäler in Berlin, Stapp Verlag, Berlin, 1984
Richard Scheibe – Wikipedia

Scheidemann, Philipp

Published: 24 Nov 2018
Last update: 06 Apr 2022