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Q: German painter Schlichter active in Berlin 1920a-1930s ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: German painter Schlichter active in Berlin 1920a-1930s
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: goldfinch-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 04 Nov 2004 02:05 PST
Expires: 04 Dec 2004 02:05 PST
Question ID: 424269
I wanto to find out where his paintings and drawings are: in
particular I am looking for a portrait of Otto and Margot Steinicke
(my parents) done in late 1920s or early 1930s

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 04 Nov 2004 07:58 PST
Hello goldfinch-ga,

I've found a number of sources of information on Schlichter -- in
English and German -- and on Otto Steinicke, who had numerous written
works published, and appears to have done some drawings of his own.

However, unless you know the specific name of the Schlichter picture
you're looking for, it's hard to know if information about it can be

Schlichter is still quite a well-known artist, and his works are in
collections all over the world.  I don't think there's a single
catalog of his works that would tell you where each and every picture
is located.

Given these limitations, can you tell us a bit more about how we can
best assist you?  It may be that steering you towards sources of
information on Schlichter (and on Steinicke, if these are of interest)
may be the best way to go, without a more precise identification of
the picture you're looking for.

Let me know your thoughts on this.


Clarification of Question by goldfinch-ga on 05 Nov 2004 04:26 PST
Thank you for your swift response. Schlichter (first name?) did a
double portrait, a drawing, I think, of my parents Otto Steinicke and
Margot Opfer, possibly before they were married in 1928 in Berlin. If
it is not possible to find this, I should be glad of information about
where to fiud any of Schlichter's work in Berlin or London or
elsewhere in the UK.

I look forward to hearing froim youy again,  goldfinch-ga
Subject: Re: German painter Schlichter active in Berlin 1920a-1930s
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 05 Nov 2004 07:46 PST
Hello goldfinch-ga,

Rudolf Schlichter is a fairly well-known German artist with a style
reminiscent of his more famous contemporary, Geroge Grosz.

You can see a good sampling of Schlichter's works via a Google Images
search on the artist's name:

Two links worth noting in particular are the photograph of a young
Schlichter with some of his pals:

and the pen and ink drawing at this link:

which (at one time, at least) was hanging in a London gallery:

Figures at a Café Table c. 1924
Schlichter, Rudolf
1890 - 1955 

24.3/4 x 19.3/4 inches

Piccadilly Gallery
43 Dover Street,London,W1S 4NU, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 2875   Fax: +44 (0)20 7499 0431 

The above drawing illustrates the key problem of tracking down the
particular picture you're looking for.  The people in the drawings are
not always identified.

If a picture comes to be named "Portrait of [So-and-So], then the
person portrayed in it can be readily identified...otherwise, such
identification can be quite elusive.


A fair amount has been written about Schlicter as well, and some of
the books are rich with illustrations of his work.  You may want to
order some of these books, or track them down through a library.

For instance, a search on his name at [ ] results in
more than 100 books (many in German, but quite a few in English as

A Google search for books on Schlichter also turns up quite a number of hits:


Note that near the top of the results page is an option to  " Search
for English results only", in case you want to eliminate most of the
foreign language listings.


There's a nice overview of Schlichter's life, work, and bibliography at:


Here's an italian gallery that features some of Schlichter's works:

and here's mention of a picture of his in the Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin:


If you search here on the name [ Schlichter ]:

you'll get a list of a number of auction houses that have (or recently
sold) some of Schlichter's works.  Quite a number of the auction
houses are in Europe (note that the list -- which only shows a few
results per page -- goes on for several pages).

Similar results can be seen at the wonderful Artprice site:

again, by searching on the artist's name.  

Artprice lists 186 Drawings, 17 paintings, and 70 posters for
Schlichter, and is perhaps the richest listing of his works you'll
find in a single place.  I perused these for mention of your parents'
names, but did not see them noted.  However, you may want to have a
look yourself.

To see detailed information on any of the pieces listed at Artprice,
you would have to sign up to their service for a monthly or annual


I hope this information is enough to give you a fairly comprehensive
start to your search for Schlichter's works, and for your parents'

Before rating this answer, however, please let me know if there is
anything else I can help you with.  Just post a Request for
Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.

All the best,


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 14 Jun 2005 15:24 PDT
goldfinch-ga,'s been a while.  A question has been posted that should be
of great interest to you, and I wanted to let you know about it.  Once
you have a look at it, please make a copy of the question to your
local file, so that you have a permanent record of the information:
I am a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  We
are working on an exhibition that includes portraits by Rudolf Schlichter. 
I think I have information for your client - goldfinch-ga who
submitted a question in the Visual Arts category on 04 November...

Let me know how this turns out.

Subject: Re: German painter Schlichter active in Berlin 1920a-1930s
From: fp-ga on 04 Nov 2004 04:39 PST
"Schlichter, Rudolf. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen", published in
1997 by Götz Adriani, may include a reference to the painting in

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