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Glass painter Georg Straub

Wolfach honors glass painter Georg Straub

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Exhibition by the “Culture in the Castle” association from August 8th to October 3rd / the public asked for their help


With a large exhibition, the association "Kultur im Schloss" wants to pay homage to the great artist and deserving son of the city, glass painter Georg Straub. After all, together with Josef Krausbeck, he laid the foundation for the Wolfach local history museum. His works are to be exhibited from August 8th to October 3rd in the rooms of the local history museum, which is currently being renovated and remodeled. In order to be able to implement the large project, the association needs the help of the population.


Wolfach (md). The basis of the large Straub exhibition, which the "Culture in the Castle" association will hold in the rooms of the local history museum in August and September, is the estate, which was acquired from the glass painter's family with the help of a sponsor. Many Wolfach families own original works of art by the glass painter (glass pictures, drawings, pictures, documents). The association is very interested in exhibiting these works by the glass painter. He assures the lenders that they will treat the works of art with the utmost care and that they will then return them for the duration of the exhibition. Of course, the association is also happy when exhibits are "donated" to the museum as permanent loans. In addition to the exhibits, the association is also interested in background knowledge about the "Strauben-Schorsch". Anyone who can contribute stories to the life and work of the artist is most welcome as an informant at the “Culture in the Castle” association.


The association is therefore appealing to the population: "Help us! Contact a member of "Kultur im Schloss" or the first chairman, Christian Oberfell, Sonnenmatte 17, 77709 Oberwolfach, tel. 0151 226 303 27 (mobile) or 07834/868396, e-mail coberfell@mac.com Information can also be obtained from the tourist information office in the town hall or from Waltraud Carosi (Moser bookstore in Wolfacher Vorstadt).


The glass painter Georg Straub was born on May 23, 1882 as the son of the painter and then Wolfacher Ochsenwirt Johann Georg Straub, a talented decorative painter who worked for a long time in Bavarian royal castles. After school, the young Ochsenwirt son began his training as a glass painter in Karlsruhe, learned and worked in well-known glass painting workshops in Stuttgart, Dresden, Bielefeld, Lucerne, Offenburg, Frankfurt and finally in Baselwhere he created great works of art. His study trips took him through half of Europe, to France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. But he always remained closely connected to his beloved hometown Wolfach.


After the First World War, Georg Straub settled in Wolfach. He lived and worked in the "Molerhüsle" in the suburb of Wolfach. The house no longer exists, it was demolished in the course of suburban redevelopment. Straub was a so-called history painter. He found his motifs for glass painting mainly in medieval representations. He was considered an excellent expert in heraldry, legends of the saints and symbolism. In addition to glass painting, Straub also mastered drawing pencils, ink pens and wooden gravers to make sketches of his homeland in the Black Forest or portraits. His graphic works not only adorned newspaper reports, they can also be found in Franz Disch's chronicle. In addition, Strraub earned his money as a commercial artist. He designed posters and commemorative publications for Wolfach clubs. For example, he also designed the designs for the orders of the Free Fools' Guild in Wolfach and he designed the certificate for Wolfach's honorary citizenship. But Straub has also made a name for himself as a poet.


Georg Straub did not get rich with his work. The artist lived with his wife Gertrud, née Schöck, whom he married in 1925, in modest circumstances in the Wolfach suburb. The marriage remained childless, and Straub showed an unusually high level of commitment to his hometown of Wolfach. With his friend Josef Krausbeck and artist colleague Eduard Trautwein, he laid the foundations for the local history museum in 1936 and after the Second World War he helped Krausbeck to rebuild the completely destroyed and devastated museum.


Georg Straub was also the director of the Wolfach Historical Society, a fool's father and a member of the city council. Straub died on December 3, 1959 at the age of 77 from heart failure. The day before, he had amused Wolfach's senior citizens with his contributions to the Altenkaffee.