In 1885, Max Rabes traveled along the Mosel River to study the landscape. Matthias Engel of Traben-Trarbach/Mosel, Germany met him and was impressed with his talent. He invited him to his home and also seemed to have provided some financial support. As a gesture of appreciation, Max Rabes gave him a small water color that is in still in the family's possession.
Information provided by Wiltrud Juerries, the grand-daughter of Matthias Engel.
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