Wilhelm Körber, Stilleben I


Price: on request



‘Stilleben I’ (‘Still LIfe I’)
Displayed at the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1941 room 11.
Signed 1941.
With original GDK 1941-sticker on the back.

GDK-1941 sticker on the back.



-condition : II
– size : 73 x 66 cm; unframed 58 x 52 cm
– signed : left, below 
– type : oil on board
– msic. : with GDK 1941 sticker on the back. With original Frame.


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Wilhelm Körber, ‘Brücke auf Rügen‘ (‘Bridge on the Isle of Rügen‘), GDK 1942 room 5. Bought by Albert Speer for 4.000 Reichsmark.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Nedlitzer Brücke bei Potsdam‘ (‘Nedlitz-Bridge near Potsdam‘), GDK 1940 room 11.

Left: Wilhelm Körber, ‘Stillleben mit Heringen‘ (‘Still Life with Herrings‘). Size 50 x 40 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2020.
Right: Wilhelm Körber, ‘Stilleben mit Fischen‘ (‘Still Life with Fish‘), GDK 1940 room 37. Bought by Heinrich Hoffmann.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Stillleben mit Tomaten, Äpfeln und Birnen‘ (‘Still Life with Tomatoes, Apples and Pears‘). Size 45 x 30 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2020.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Fischerboote im Nebel‘ (‘Fisherboats in Fog‘), GDK 1942 room 37. Sold for 2.800 Reichsmark.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Märkische Landschaft‘ (‘Brandenburg Landscape‘), GDK 1943 room 18. Bought by Hitler for 3.400 Reichsmark. Size 90 x 121 cm. In the possession of the German Historical Museum. Depicted in ‘Die Kunst im Deutschen Reich’, 1943.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Stilleben’ (‘Still Life‘), GDK 1943 room 37.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Häuser auf Rügen‘ (‘Houses on the Isle of Rügen‘), depicted in ‘Nationalistische Monatshefte’, August 1941, Heft 137.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Landscape of Rügen’, 1940. Size 28 x 35 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2021.

Wilhelm Körber, ‘Ostseefischer’ (‘Baltic Sea Fishermen’), GDK 1944 room 37. Sold for 5.600 Reichsmark. Size 109 x 144 cm. Offered by a German auction house in 2022. Depicted in the GDK-exhibition catalog (below).

‘Ostseefischer’ by Körber, depicted in the GDK 1944 exhibition catalog.


Wilhelm Körber, Late Romantic painter in the Third Reich
Wilhelm Hermann Karl Friedrich Körber (1902 – 1991), born in Berlin as the son of a railroad worker, was a German painter, drawer and grafic designer. He started his career in 1916 as technical drawer. In 1919 he began a study Decoration-Painting, and at the same time he followed in the evening courses at the School of Craft in Berlin. From 1920 onwards he developed his skills further as a self-taught artist; his focus was on copies of Old Masters, still life’s and landscape painting (especially the Brandenburger- and the Havel area) in Late Romantic style. Until 1938 he worked as Decoration painter. From 1938 to 1943 Körber studied in Berlin at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (at the end as Meisterschüler) under Kurt Whelte, Wilhelm Tank and Erich Richter.
Körber was a member of the Verein Berliner Künstler. He participated at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellungen in 1926, 1928, 1931 , 1940 and 1941. At the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellungen Körber was represented with 21 works. His paintings were sold for prices of up to 5600 Reichsmark. Buyers included Adolf Hitler (‘Märkische Landschaft’, GDK 1943), Albert Speer (‘Brücke auf Rügen‘, GDK 1942; ‘Kaisergebirge‘, GDK 1943), Heinrich Hoffmann (’Stilleben mit Fischen‘, GDK 1940) and the Reichspostministerium (‘Apfelsinnenstilleben‘, GDK 1942).
In the autumn of 1943 Körber was called up for military services; later he was held prisoner of war by the British Forces. In the autumn of 1945 Körber returned to Berlin and worked as an independent artist. From 1959 onwards he was at times teacher at the Volkshochschule in Berlin-Tempelhof and he started drawing for Berlin opera’s and theatres, including the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Schiller-Theatre. From 1965 he was Drawing-teacher at the Staatlichen Porzellan Munufaktur in Berlin.
Wilhelm Körber died in 1991 in Berlin.
Works by Körber are in the possession of the German Historical Museum and the Weissgerbermuseum in Doberlug-Kirchhain.