Zerbe, Karl

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Zerbe, Karl Gender: M
Karl Ludwig Zerbe
born on 16 September 1903 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Berlin-Charlottenb., Germany, 52n32, 13e16
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°33' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 20°00 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 19°06'


German-born American painter grouped together with Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom as a key member of the Boston Expressionist school. Through his teaching he influenced a generation of painters, including, among others, David Aronson, Bernard Chaet, Reed Kay, Arthur Polonsky, Jack Kramer, Barbara Swan, Andrew Kooistra, and Lois Tarlow.

Zerbe lived with his family in Paris, France from 1904 to 1914; Frankfurt, Germany from 1914 to 1920; and Munich from 1921 to 1923. From 1924 to 1926 he worked and travelled in Italy on a fellowship from the City of Munich.

In 1932 his oil painting Herbstgarten (Autumnal garden), of 1929, was acquired by the National-Galerie, Berlin; in 1937, the painting was destroyed by the Nazis as "Degenerate art." From 1937 to 1955 Karl Zerbe was the head of the Department of Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1939 Zerbe became a U.S. citizen. He joined the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at Florida State University in 1955, where he taught until his death, on 24 November 1972 at age 69.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : Acquired Citizenship 1939 (USA)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc.
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German emigrant to USA)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession ("Boston Expressionist")