Schames, Ludwig

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Schames, Ludwig Gender: M
born on 11 August 1852 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 50n07, 8e40
Timezone LMT m8e40 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 19°08' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 00°51 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 29°26'

Ludwig Schames (Woodcut portrait by E. L. Kirchner, 1918)


German art dealer who promoted the works of German Expressionists since 1913, especially Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, becoming his most important gallerist.

Schames received training as a banker and spent many years alternately in Frankfurt and Paris, where he worked as a banker, and where he was fascinated by the local art scene. He made numerous contacts with artists and compiled an art collection.

In 1885, aged 36, Schames returned from Paris and took part in the family business in Frankfurt, which traded in bedsprings and horsehair. In 1895, together with his business partner Wilhelm S. Posen, he opened 10 "splendid little rooms (at the opera, 1st floor) at Opernplatz ..." This art shop belonged to a new type of gallery, which promoted modern artists, actively conveying their ideas and styles.

The art dealers Posen & Schames specialized in the paintings of French late Impressionism and the art of Fauvism. In 1900, Posen & Schames exhibited works by Jakob Nußbaum, for which the artist himself designed the invitation card.

From 1906 he continued the art shop Posen & Schames alone under the name "Kunstsalon Ludwig Schames". At the same time, his emphasis shifted to the German Expressionists, in particular from the circle of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München such as Wassily Kandinsky, Adolf Erbslöh, Alexei Jawlensky, Alexander Kanoldt and Karl Hofer.

Shames had two children with his wife Fanny. The painter Samson Schames was his nephew. He died on in Frankfurt am Main on 3 July 1922, aged 69.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


  • associate relationship with Hofer, Karl (born 11 October 1878)
  • associate relationship with Kandinsky, Wassily (born 4 December 1866 Jul.Cal. (16 Dec 1866 greg.))
  • associate relationship with Nolde, Emil (born 7 August 1867)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Hesse Archives.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Vocation : Business : Banker/ Financier
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Art dealer)