Christopher Rave

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Christopher Rave (20 February 1881 – 13 January 1933) was a German painting artist, explorer of polar regions and professor.


Rave was a popular painter of naval art living in Hamburg. Between 1900 and 1909 he created about 300 paintings about 8,000 years of navigation. 1911 they were exhibited in Hamburg and sold in particular. The paintings were reproduces as postcards by at two publishers, one from Hamburg, the other one from the Netherlands.

In 1910 he experiences the accident of German tall ship Preußen as a passenger, running aground close to Dover.

In 1912 he was member of German exploration voyage to Spitsbergen. His task was the documentation by photographs and paintings. The voyage under the command of Herbert Schröder-Stranz and Alfred Ritscher as Captain of the ship Herzog Ernst failed, and just 7 out of 15 crew survived. In 1913 Rave published his experiences Tagebuch von der verunglückten Expedition Schröder-Stranz: mit Federzeichnungen vom Verfasser (Diary of the failed expedition of Schröder-Stranz).

Having cancer of the throat and hardly able to talk Rave shot himself on January 13, 1933. His tomb, designed by his student Valentin Kraus from Munich, is situated on Hamburg Ohlsdorf graveyard.[1]

Paintings (selection)[edit]

Postcard-reproduction of painting of SMS Seeadler
  • Die brandenburgische Flotte vor Emden, Format 4,80 m x 3,50 m, property of Kunsthalle Hamburg
  • SMS Seeadler, oil, before 1924,[2] possibly several copies
  • Dampfwalfangschiff im nördlichen Eismeer, oil on canvas, 60 cm x 100 cm, 1910
  • T.S. "CAP ARCONA" auf See, oil on wood, 37 x 51 cm
  • Altes Land im rötlichen Winterlicht, oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm



  1. ^ Picture and German description of Rave's tomb
  2. ^ Carl Kircheiß: Wal hooo! Weltreisen mit Harpunen, Angelhaken und Netzen, Wilkens, Rendsburg 1950, S. 182


  • Wolfgang Kayser (Hrsg): Vom Steinzeitfloß zum Ozeanriesen (8000 Jahre Seefahrt). Das Leben und Werk des Marinemalers Christopher Rave. Selbstverlag, Hamburg 1988.

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