Liebknecht, Robert

BORN 26 Feb 1903, Berlin - DIED 26 Oct 1994, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Gudrunstrasse, Lichtenberg (Pergolenweg (ashes))

Robert Liebknecht was the youngest son of the socialist Karl Liebknecht and his first wife Julia Paradies (d.1911). Wilhelm Liebknecht was his grandfather. In 1919 his father was murdered. Around this time Käthe Kollwitz saw his drawings and encouraged him to become a painter. He took drawing lessons with Hans Baluschek. In 1921 he failed to be admitted to the art academies in Berlin and Vienna. In 1923 he entered the art academy in Dresden where Ferdinand Dorsch and Max Feldbauewr were his teachers. From 1928 to 1930 he was a master student under Robert Sterl. In 1928-1929 he travelled to the USSR.

He settled in Berlin as a freelance painter and he taught at the Volkshochschule Berlin-Neukölln. On 5 April 1933 he fled to Paris, leaving much of his work behind. In Paris he was a co-founder of the Kollektivs deutscher Künstler. After he was interned in Les Milles, Aix-en-Provence he fled to Switzerland in 1943 with his wife Hertha (1904-2000) and his daughter Marianne (b.1941). In 1946 they returned to France. They lived in Paris and in 1956 he became a French citizen. He exhibited often until his death in Paris in 1994.

• Father: Liebknecht, Karl

Related persons
• was pupil of Baluschek, Hans
• was step-child of Liebknecht-Ryss, Sophia


The grave of Sophie, Wilhelm, Robert and Hertha Liebknecht at the Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (14 Nov 2004)


Robert Liebknecht – Wikipedia

Liebknecht-Ryss, Sophia

Published: 26 Mar 2023
Last update: 26 Mar 2023