Leo Paulus Johannes Stracké (also listed Johannes Paulus Leo), son of Johan Stracké, was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1851. His sister, Epiphania Josephine Leontine Ursula Stracké, was married to Petrus Arendzen.
Leo married Anna Maria van Lent and, between them, they produced seven children. Two of the boys, Johannes Maria Theodorus and Leo Wilhelmus were also artists. They were both painters but Johannes Maria is also listed as a sculptor. Leo Paulus died in The Hague in 1923.
There are a few of Leo Stracké’s sculptures dotted around the houses of various Arendzen descendants. When Leo visited the Arendzens at Quex Road, he was delighted to find that the clay in the garden was perfect for his work and he fashioned a number of pieces, from the material he dug up.
The Rijksmuseum lists three works by Leo and the Rotterdam Museum lists six. If you click the links to these museums, under ‘Useful Links,’ you can search their collections.
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