Julius Otto Fritzsche

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Julius Otto Fritzsche , also Otto Fritsche , (born March 28, 1872 in Dresden , † March 4, 1948 ibid) was a German painter.


Julius Otto Fritzsche was the son of a tanner. After attending primary school in Dresden, he began an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker in 1885. The following year he switched to the Dresden court photographer Teich-Hanfstängel, where he was in training until 1890. In his photo studio he got to know several artists personally, which aroused his interest in drawing studies and his own art education. Since his father died early, however, it was relatively difficult to finance such studies.

In 1890 he began studying at the Dresden Art Academy , which he continued in 1894 with the history painter Hermann Prell . After receiving a travel degree, he went to Italy and France for further training. In Paris he spent a long time at the private Académie Julian , and in 1898 he exhibited some of his paintings in France.

In 1902 Julius Otto Fritzsche returned to his Saxon hometown, where he began to teach. As a substitute, he also worked at the teachers' seminar in Stollberg , where in 1904 he completed the mural Pestalozzi among the orphans of Stand in the auditorium, which still exists today . When he returned to Dresden, he created other paintings, some of them for public buildings, of which hardly any have survived due to the destruction in the bombing of February 13, 1945 . One of the surviving paintings is the honorary gift for the New Town Hall in Dresden, commissioned by the Privileged Archery Society Dresden in 1910 , which is exhibited in the State Art Collections . In 2014, in the attic of the Hoflößnitz mountain and pleasure house in Radebeul , the gigantic dioramas made by Fritzsche with numerous figures showing the legendary vintner parades of August the Strong , which had been missing since the bombing of Dresden in 1945, were unexpectedly found again .

After the First World War he was no longer able to integrate himself into Dresden's art scene in the fast-moving times. He hardly received any public commissions and was gradually forgotten, although he still created a considerable number of high-quality landscapes.


Paintings by Otto Fritzsche can be found today - in addition to the aforementioned exhibition locations in Dresden, Freiberg, Radebeul and Stollberg (Ore Mountains) - also in the City Museum in Braunschweig and in private collections.


  • 1895 Large silver medal
  • Travel grant from the art academy
  • 1899 First competition prize for a church image in Freiberg Cathedral


  • Gerlint Söder: Julius Otto Fritzsche. A forgotten painter from Dresden . In: Sächsische Heimatblätter 50, No. 2, 2004, pp. 181–183.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Joachim Neidhardt (ed.): Dresden: How painters saw it . Weidlich / Flechsig, 1983, ISBN 3-8035-1201-8 , p. 239 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  2. Illustration of the honorary gift
  3. Jürgen Helfricht: Hidden in the attic: Historical treasure discovered on Hoflößnitz! In: Bild Dresden, August 19, 2014.
  4. Examples of his works