Preetorius, Emil

BORN 21 Jun 1883, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz - DIED 27 Jan 1973, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Friedhof Bogenhausen (right wall 32)

Emil Preetorius studied law, art and physics. He was promoted to Doctor in Law. He also learned himself drawing and painting and in 1909 together with Paul Renner he started the Schule für Illustration und Buchgewerbe in Munich.

He was among the most important artists that worked for the magazines Simplicissimus and Jugend. From 1926 onwards he lectured on the art of illustrating and on stage designing. In 1932 he became responsible for stage designing at the Bayreuth Festival. During the Second World War the young Wieland Wagner tried to have him removed because he wanted to do the job himself.

In 1951 Preetorius retired. From 1948 to 1968 he was president of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Related persons
• cooperated with Tietjen, Heinz
• was opponent of Wagner, Wieland


The grave of Emil Preetorius at the Bogenhausener Friedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (31 Aug 2005)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989

Preiss, Wolfgang

Published: 03 Aug 2008
Last update: 16 Jan 2022