Louis Sussmann-Hellborn

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Louis Sussmann-Hellborn (March 20, 1828 – August 15, 1908), also spelled Ludwig Sussman Hellborn, was a German sculptor, painter, art collector and contractor.



Louis Sussmann-Hellborn was born in Berlin.

Louis Sussmann-Hellborn received his training as a sculptor at the Berlin Academy of Arts. He traveled to study in France, Belgium and England. He lived In Rome from 1852 to 1856. The first major exhibition of his works was organized in Berlin in 1856. His villa at Tiergarten was one of the most representative buildings of the district and made him famous within the educated society of Berlin. In 1875 Arnold Bocklin bought Sussmann Hellborn’s painting “Meeresidylle” for 10,000 marks (it was later at the National Gallery, and it’s been missing since 1945).

He was one of the founders of the Royal Museum of Decorative Arts and was also involved in building a sculpture collection at the Royal Museum in Berlin. From 1882 to 1887, Sussmann-Hellborn was head of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin. Otto Lessing (1846–1912) and he were at that time the only sculptors in the Berlin Association of Architects, which had probably to do with his work as an excellent sculptor.

Louis Sussmann-Hellborn was married to the celebrated beauty Bertha Hellborn.

He died in Berlin and is buried at the Jewish cemetery Schönhauser Allee.