Born on 19th May 1880 in Neuss, died on 9th July 1952 in Wittlaer. As an extremely talented for art, he was noticed at the age of 13 by the famous German painter Achenbach and admitted at the fine Art Academy in Dusseldorf. He studied under guidance of Heinrich Lauenstein and Artur Kampf and later with Eugene Ducker. His study trips to Italy (1898) and particularly Holland (1899) have made a strong influence on his painting style. In 1903 he completed his art studied in Dusseldorf. In the following years, his art style was oriented toward the Hague School and the Barbizon School of impressionism. In 1909 he organized together with his fellow painters several exhibitions where his paintings were clearly influenced by the French Impressionism. From 1917 until 1945 he was a professor at the Dusseldorf Fine Art Academy. Max Clarenbach was an official military painter of the German army stationed at the Thessaloniki front in Macedonia during 1917 and 1918. He produced many paintings and drawings working at the German headquarters in Thessaloniki.