Heinrich Vogeler (1872–1942 · artist / tenant)

Vogeler was the best-known artist amongst the residents of the estate. The multi-talented artist worked as a painter, graphic artist, architect, writer and teacher. He grew up in a middle-class family and enrolled in 1890 at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, switching to the influential North German artists’ colony of Worpswede in 1894. As a graphic artist and illustrator he became a leading proponent of Art Nouveau style. In Worpswede, Vogeler designed his house as a “complete work of art” and experimented with growing his own garden food. He was in touch with other famous artists and residents in the colony, including landscape architect Leberecht Migge, and was a founding member of the craftsmen's association Deutscher Werkbund. After the First World War, he became a vocal supporter of utopian pacifism and was persecuted by the Nazis. Vogeler often travelled to the Soviet Union, where he was active in politics and teaching. Between 1927 and 1931 Vogeler lived with his family at 138 Onkel-Bräsig-Strasse in Berlin.