Karl Thylmann

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Karl Thylmann, self-portrait, woodcut

Karl Thylmann (born April 11, 1888 in Darmstadt , † August 29, 1916 in Groß-Auheim ) was a German book artist , graphic artist and poet .


Facsimile of the handwriting of Karl Thylmann
Self-portrait, before 1916

In Darmstadt, the son of a senior teacher attended the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium , where he made the acquaintance of the later composer Wilhelm Petersen . During his architecture studies at the Technical University of Munich , he also met Stefan George , Karl Wolfskehl and Friedrich Gundolf .

He drew with pencil and ink, used graphic techniques such as etching and lithography and finally found woodcuts . By the time he died, he made around 70 woodcuts. The themes of his woodcuts are love, earth, man and his fate as well as biblical themes.

Since 1913 he and his work have been influenced by Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy . In 1914 he married the Dutch actress Joanna Koops , called Jo. In 1915 he was drafted into the military and suffered a wound on the front in Verdun on August 4, 1916 , which led to his death on August 29 in the Groß-Auheim hospital.

Until a few years ago, his grave was in the old cemetery in Darmstadt.


  • Gülistan. A picture divan , Darmstadt 1912; New edition 1988, ISBN 3-922002-34-X .
  • The ford. Poems and woodcuts , Munich 1917; New edition: Bärenreiter, Kassel 1950.
  • Woodcuts , Berlin 1917; New edition: Stuttgart 1971.
  • Letters to Joanna Thylmann , Darmstadt 1919.
  • Poems , Stuttgart 1968.
  • Woodcuts for the Bible , Stuttgart 1969.
  • Italian etchings , Stuttgart 1973.


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