Gustav Zindel

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Gustav Zindel (born August 13, 1883 in Rodenau , † November 21, 1959 in Loučná , Czechoslovakia ) was a German artist from the Bohemian Ore Mountains .


Born as the son of a farmer from Asch , he showed his talent for drawing and painting at the age of six. He took private lessons with the painter Schottenhammer in Komotau and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg from 1898 to 1900 . After his return he published works as a painter in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, founded in 1919, and in Germany. After his parents' death in 1926, he took over their farm and was only active as a painter during the winter months. In 1929 he built the Zindelbaude as an inn with his artist's studio next to his parents' house .

In September 1945 Gustav Zindel and his family were expelled inland to Olešná and later to Nepomyšl near Podborany . There the family did forced labor for food and accommodation on a farm. During this time he lost many of his paintings and drawings. An illness prevented his deportation to Germany, he was allowed to move to Loučná, where he spent his old age. Zindel confessed himself to being German throughout his life. In 1959 Zindel died as a "Czechoslovak citizen of German nationality". In 1953, all Germans remaining in Czechoslovakia were given Czechoslovak citizenship back. This also applied to Zindel and his family. After Zindel's death, his wife Maria Ausflug was able to travel to Bavaria with the children.

European culture

Despite suffering himself, Zindel is one of those who lived a peaceful cooperation between Germans and Czechs. This idea is also promoted by the Euregio Egrensis , which Gustav Zindel has put on the list of important men and women in this German-Czech Euroregion in Central Europe in its reconciliation work . "Personalities of the Bohemian-Saxon border region" are presented in multilingual reports in order to record common European cultural roots. Pictures of Zindel are u. a. in museums in Karlsbad and in Komotau .


His first larger painting Homage to the Ore Mountains was shown in 1908 at the Ore Mountains Exhibition on the Keilberg . In 1994 a special exhibition entitled Life and Work of Gustav Zindel was shown in the Egerland Museum in Marktredwitz .

Zindel controlled works such as B. Am Egerer Markt for the Egerland artist's traditional costume postcards , which were issued by EA Götz publishing house in Franzensbad .

Artist archive

The Museum Europäische Kunst runs the Gustav Zindel Archive with the help of Zindel's heirs. The aim of the scientific work is an official catalog raisonné of his pictures and drawings as well as the recording of his written estate. This is difficult, as the artist lost most of his oeuvre through expulsion from the Sudetenland and in the turmoil after the end of the war in 1945. The European Art Museum in Nörvenich Castle , Düren district, North Rhine-Westphalia, regularly organizes studio exhibitions with drawings by Zindel as well as photo documentation about the artist in order to keep his work in mind.


The posthumous honor of Gustav Zindel includes the admission as an honorary member of the artist group of the European Culture Foundation eV (Germany) in appreciation of his artistic work in the time of different political systems in Europe, without interfering in daily politics. His argument was that he felt he was called exclusively to serve art and culture and to preserve tradition in the love of his homeland.


  • Reinhard Fink: "The artist Gustav Zindel", in Sudetenpost Vienna

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Elfriede Haberzettl-Zindel, daughter of the artist September 2013
  2. Zindel Archive, December 4, 2013
  3. Eckehart Zindel, son of the artist, December 2, 2014
  4. EU regional development fund
  6. Sudetenpost Vienna, Volume No. 4 from 2019, accessed on April 19, 2019