Karl Wagler

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Karl Wagler (born November 18, 1887 in Leisnig ; † April 26, 1975 there ) was a Saxon still life and landscape painter.


Karl Wagler was the son of a draper. After an apprenticeship as a painter and years of traveling, he attended arts and crafts schools; after participating in the First World War from 1915 to 1918, he began studying at the Academy for Graphic Arts and Book Industry in Leipzig in 1920. From 1923 to 1925 Wagler studied at the Munich Art Academy.

In 1925 he settled in his hometown Leisnig and traveled from there to Italy and Sicily. Study trips to Iceland, Norway and the Baltic states as well as through large parts of what was then Germany followed. During the last two years of the Second World War, despite his advanced age, he was drafted into the Wehrmacht as a soldier. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets and returned in September 1945.

After the war he worked, among other things, for the Soviet headquarters in Leisnig, became the local chairman of the Kulturbund of the GDR and gave adult education courses. In 1957 he was expelled from the Association of Fine Artists because his works did not correspond to the ideologically based style of socialist realism . He got no printing permits and no intelligence pension . Even so, he continues to teach talented children and teenagers. A well-known student was the photographer Dietmar Riemann . Karl Wagler died on April 26, 1975 in Leisnig.


Karl Wagler took part in many German and European exhibitions. In 1947 he commissioned a landscape painting for the meeting room of the town hall in Crottendorf in the Ore Mountains . His painting “Drei Kumpels” won a prize at an exhibition by the former council of the Döbeln district.

In 1953 he took part in an exhibition in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin with the pen drawing "Malerischer Winkel", which was purchased. He depicted this motif, the view of Mildenstein Castle in Leisnig, the so-called “painter's angle”, dozens of times using many techniques and in all seasons. In the last phase of his life, the painting technique produced very interesting works in pen and colored pencil drawings with views of Leisnig and landscapes around the Saxon monastery book and Thümmlitz. Watercolors from the last creative period reproduce the native flora. Historical events in the history of Leisnig, such as the Elster-Fritze, Zaulich and the town fire as well as the donkey town of Leisnig, he depicted in three pen drawings.

Wagler left behind more than 800 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, the majority of which are still privately owned today (2012).


In Leisnig there is a Wagler gallery in the boot museum at Burglehn 9, Wagler's former home, which is fed by the Wagler Foundation. In the city there is the Karl-Wagler-Strasse named after him.

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  1. www.ddr-fotografie-riemann.de ( Memento of the original from August 13, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Dietmar Riemann - Vita @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ddr-fotografie-riemann.de
  2. leisnig.de Retrieved on August 15, 2012