Kalkschmidt, Eugen

BORN 10 Dec 1874, Buddelkehmen, Ostpreussen - DIED 1 Feb 1962, München, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Kalkschmidt, Eugen Max Gustav
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof Solln (13-1-91)

Eugen Kalkschmidt grew up in East Prussia. His mother had died after his birth and his father and stepmother didn't get along too well. His stepmother committed suicide when he was fourteen years old and his father was imprisoned on suspicion of burning down his own property. Eugen went to Berlin to continue his education as a merchant.

He settled in Munich but left for Hamburg to work in a shop that sold books and maps. Afterwards he was in miltary service in Bavaria until 1894. After that time he started an acting carer and worked in Dresden and Flensburg. He also worked as an author and as an editor for magazines and was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. His friend the author Carl Meißner was also an inspiration for him.

In 1900 he visited the World Exhibition in Paris and in 1901 he became the publisher of "Heimat". He marrried the painter Olga Therese Batsch in 1905. He worked for the "Jugend" magazine between 1912 and 1923. He also worked for "Der Kunstwart" that was founded by Ferdinand Avenarius who became his friend.

During his career he met people like Thomas Mann, Leopold Weber and Ernst Kreidolf. He was the author of biographies on Moritz von Schwindt (1943) and Carl Spitzweg (1945).

Related persons
• wrote about Schwindt, Moritz von
• wrote about Spitzweg, Carl


The grave of Eugen Kalkschmidt at the Waldfriedhof Solln, Munich.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2012)


Eugen Kalkschmidt – Wikipedia

Kallina, Anna

Published: 08 Nov 2015
Last update: 12 Mar 2022