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Region:Karlsruhe, Germany


Trübner (3 February 1851 – 21 December 1917) was a German realist painter. The son of a silver and gold smith, at age 16 Trübner began training as a goldsmith, but quickly transferred to study paointing at the Kunstschule in Karlsruhe. At age 18, he began studying at the Kunstacademie in Munich, before travelling through Italy, Holland, Belgium and France during the early 1870s. Writing on art theory in the 1890s, Trübner argued that “beauty must lie in the painting itself, not in the subject”. From 1903 to 1917, Trübner was a professor at the Academy of Arts in Karlsruhe, serving as its director from 1904 to 1910.

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