Painter, figure painter, portrait painter, animal painter, landscape painter, still-life painter, etcher, commercial artist, lithographer and college professor
Wilhelm Trübner was born in Heidelberg in 1851. While training at the city’s school of goldsmithing, he was urged by the painter Anselm Feuerbach to consider a career as an artist. So in 1867 he began studying painting at the art school in Karlsruhe. In 1869 he switched to Munich, where he came into contact with the German Impressionists Lovis Corinth, Max Slevogt and Max Liebermann. He joined the Munich Secession, but a short time later left it and became a member of the Freie Vereinigung München, the Munich Free Association. Trübner also maintained contact with the circle of artists around the painter Wilhelm Leibl, who hoped to combine traditional motifs like the portrait and landscape with contemporary French painting styles like that of Gustave Courbet. By 1876 Trübner was at the height of his artistic career. Beginning in 1886 he taught at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt am Main, where he was named a professor in 1887. He also wrote art theoretical texts. From 1904 to 1910 he served as the director of the Karlsruhe Art Academy. Trübner died in Karlsruhe in 1917.