Hauptmann, Ivo

BORN 9 Feb 1886, Erkner, Brandenburg (near Berlin) - DIED 28 Sep 1973, Hamburg
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (T26 (78-79))

Ivo Hauptmann was the first of three sons from the famous author Gerhart Hauptmann and his first wife Marie Thienemann. His parents split up in 1894 and divorced in 1904. He was raised by his mother and wanted to be a painter from an early age. When he was fourteen years old his father provided him with a studio in Agnetendorf. In 1903 he went to Paris where he entered the Académie Julian and in 1903-1904 Lovis Corinth was his teacher in Berlin. From 1904 to 1909 he studied with Hans Olde in Weimar and there he knew Edvard Munch and Henry van der Velde. Ludwig von Hofmann was another teacher in Weimar. From 1909 to 1912 he studied in Paris at the Académie Ranson and he befriended Rainer Maria Rilke, Auguste Rodin and Paul Signac.

In 1912 he married Erika von Scheel (1881-1966), the daughter of a general and a designer. From 1913 to 1919 he had a studio in Hamburg, where his mother died unexpectedly during a visit in 1914. He saw action in the First World War. He lived in Dresden, but returned to Hamburg in 1925, where he was a co-founder of the Sezession. It was cancelled in 1933 after the nazis wanted it to remove its Jewish members. After the Second World War he founded it again and became its chairman. From 1955 to 1965 he was Vice-President of the Freien Akademie der Künste (Free Academy of Arts). He taught at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.

After a relationship of many years, the opera singer Erna Kruse-Jahn (1913-1984) became his second wife. They lived in Hamburg-Eppendorf. After his death in 1973 she continued to exhibit his work.

Related persons
• was pupil of Corinth, Lovis
• was a friend of Rodin, Auguste


The grave of Ivo Hauptmann at the Friedhof Ohlsdorf in Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (04 Feb 2023)


• Leisner, Barbara, Helmut Schoenfeld, Ohlsdorf-Führer, Der, Spaziergänge auf der grössten Friedhof Europas, Hans Christians Verlag, Hamburg, 1993
Ivo Hauptmann – Wikipedia

Hauser, Otto

Published: 26 Mar 2023
Last update: 26 Mar 2023