Amalie Vanotti

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Amalie Vanotti: Meersburg, View of the Rocks and Upper Town (cropped), 1891

Marie Louise Amalie Vanotti , married Amalie Schenk – Vanotti (born February 1, 1853 in Konstanz , † July 7, 1936 in Ettlingen ) was a German painter and graphic artist .


Amalie Vanotti came on February 1, 1853 as the third child of the doctor Eduard Blasius Vanotti (1809–1869) and his wife Caroline Amalie Friderike, nee. Stoesser (1815–1893), born in Konstanz. She had three sisters: Anna (1843-1910), Maximiliane Marie Luise (1850-1853) and Maria (1854-1934). The young painter's worldview was shaped early on by respected and intellectually high-ranking personalities who frequented their hospitable parents. Her artistic talent showed up early; In 1877/80 after her first own studies in Karlsruhe, she became a private student of the Norwegian Hans Fredrik Gude , who taught landscape painting at the local art academy . In 1880/81 Vanotti returned to Lake Constance and began teaching art himself. With their students, to whom u. a. Otto Marquard , with whom she maintained a lively correspondence between 1905 and 1911, Vanotti went on excursions, especially in the summer months. Her sketchbooks document trips to Holstein and Copenhagen (1882), Normandy (1884), Rügen (1886) and around Lake Constance and Switzerland . In 1888 she also stayed at the Adler inn in Ermatingen . In 1883 Vanotti took one more semester of private lessons with Theodor Her in Munich and also repeatedly took summer courses in Karlsruhe. In 1912 she married the doctor Dr. Heinrich Schenk and moved with him to Ettlingen , where she died on July 7, 1936.

Amalie Vanotti supports Otto Marquard

The artist Otto Marquard (1881–1969), who was destitute due to the early death of his parents, was financially supported by Amalie Vanotti and looked after almost like a mother. In a letter dated May 5, 1905, the young man wrote to Vanotti: "Because I see you as my second mother, yes I even believe that you understand me even better than my first mother, who did not understand everything about me." Amalie Vanotti not only supported Marquard financially, but also acted as its asset manager. Marquard regularly sent Vanotti works that she sold to art dealers. With the proceeds Marquard financed his living and his studies at the Karlsruhe Art Academy.


Amalie Vanotti: View of Konstanz, undated

Although Amalie Vanotti, as reported in an article on the occasion of her 80th birthday in the Konstanzer Zeitung on February 4, 1933, was very well known during her lifetime and her work was widespread, these can hardly be found today. The author writes there: “Your pictures are well-known and widespread and speak for themselves. Large-scale, atmospheric landscapes faithfully reproducing nature with perfect technology. She has mastered both the watercolor and the oil technique and her flower pictures are painted with a love that one is no longer used to seeing today. Some of her pictures, namely of Konstanz and Waldshut, have both artistic and historical value today, as cityscapes and landscapes have lost their old face over time. "

Many of her works are in the private collections of the long-established Constance bourgeois society, which they acquired at Vanotti's creative peak.


Amalie Vanotti: Farm in the Forest (cropped), n.d.

Amalie Vanotti took part in exhibitions and cultural events in the Lake Constance area during her artistic career. Among other things, in 1885 at the Swiss Art Exhibition in Constance. Together with her colleagues from Lake Constance Berta Dietsche and Elise Brunner, she exhibited in Konstanz. The three artists have been involved in exhibitions of the Swiss Art Association over several decades throughout their lives.

As part of the construction work on the Bodensee-Therme Konstanz , the Bädergesellschaft succeeded in bringing one of Vanotti's large-format panorama pictures back to Konstanz in 2014. The artist's late work shows the Niederburg with the Konstanz funnel and the Alpine chain . The location of the Constance woman must have been today's Rheinstrandbad. The 200 × 70 cm picture is presented in the fireplace room in the sauna area of ​​the thermal bath.

Between May 9 and August 30, 2020, works by Amalie Vanotti are on display as part of the exhibition Profession: Artist! Ten German painters can be seen on Lake Constance . The Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz presents the artist together with other artists from southern Germany.


Although Amalie Vanotti was represented at exhibitions during her lifetime and her oeuvre was received by contemporaries, she has been largely forgotten over the century. Because of her fame, an obituary appeared in the Konstanzer Zeitung in 1933, which emphasized her relevance as cultural workers of her time. However, this also seems indicative of the artist's life and work, no further mentions can be found after her death. The once well-known woman of cultural and public life has been completely forgotten within a few years.

Oeuvre, selection

  • oT (view of the Konstanzer Rheintorturm from the Rhine) before 1913, graphic, 30 × 23.5 cm, Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz.
  • oT (landscape with railway viaduct near Plauen) 1919, oil on canvas / cardboard, 21.5 × 45.7 cm, Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz.
  • Konstanz, Rosgartenstrasse before 1900, watercolor, 27.5 × 18 cm, Rosgarten Museum Konstanz.
  • Farm in the forest n.d., gouache, 27.3 × 35.7 cm, Rosgarten Museum Konstanz.
  • Meersburg , view of the rocks and upper town 1891, watercolor on greenish paper, 44.6 × 31.5 cm, Rosgarten Museum Konstanz.
  • Bürglen Castle near Weinfelden in Thurgau around 1890, watercolor on greenish paper, 44.8 × 34.2 cm, Rosgarten Museum Konstanz.
  • oT (Niederburg with the Konstanz funnel and the Alpine chain) 1906, oil on canvas, 200 × 70 cm, Bodenseetherme Konstanz.
  • View from Bottighofen to Münsterlingen no year, graphic, 21.4 × 42 cm, Rosgarten Museum Konstanz.
  • Further pictures (exhibited without picture credits and offered for sale around 1885 and 1887): Konstanz vom Schweizer-Ufer no year, Loretto near Konstanz no year, stove umbrella, water lilies, Iris no year


  • Joachim Busse: International Handbook of All Painters and Sculptors of the 19th Century, Wiesbaden 1977 p. 1275
  • Bénézit: Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays: Paris: Gründ 1999: dl. 14, p. 44

Web links

Commons : Amalie Vanotti  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. City Archives Konstanz: Letter from Otto Marquard to Amalie Vanotti dated May 5, 1905.
  2. ^ Obituary for Amalie Vanotti, Konstanzer Zeitung of February 4, 1933: A Constance painter 80 years old.
  3. Profession: Artist! Ten German painters on Lake Constance. May 9 - August 30, 2020, Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz; Exhibition leaflet , accessed on May 24, 2020