Lothar Schätzl

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Lothar Schätzl (born September 12, 1914 in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm , † September 19, 2006 in Dillingen an der Donau ) was a German artist and art teacher.


Lothar Schätzl was born in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm in 1914 as the second of three children. His father Stephan Schätzl was there as a rent office assessor in the royal Bavarian financial services. The mother Martha, b. Greiner, came from the Dillingen-based family of the construction technician Richard Greiner, who, as the royal Bavarian official technician, was responsible for municipal construction in the then Dillingen district. After the father died in 1920, the family returned to Dillingen, the mother's hometown. From 1925 to 1934 Lothar Schätzl attended the humanistic high school in Dillingen . As a high school student, Schätzl discovered his talent for drawing.

After graduating from high school, he studied art and architecture at the TH Munich . His teachers included Hans Döllgast ( performing geometry , architectural drawing , writing ), Luitpold Dussler and Hans Karlinger ( art history ) and Friedrich Krauss ( building history and design theory ) as well as at the art academy Josef Bergmann ( painting ), Oskar Graf (free drawing and watercolor painting ) and Heinrich Heinlein (sculptural design). Military service during World War II postponed Schätzl's employment in high school. As a company commander of an artillery unit, he was deployed in Poland , France and Russia . From 1947 to 1977 he worked as an art teacher at today's Johann-Michael-Sailer-Gymnasium in Dillingen.

During his 75-year career, he created well over 1,000 portraits; Portraits that show celebrities and that can be seen in the National Theater in Munich , as well as works that depict citizens from Bavarian Swabia . Furthermore, Schätzl recorded numerous cityscapes and buildings such as landscapes in drawings and paintings. With his work, Schätzl has committed himself to the humanistic tradition of Western art. In the years after 1974 he created paintings with titles such as Herakles Dream , Prometheus and Daphne, clothe myths of antiquity in allegorical images.

From 1942, Schätzl was married to Theresia (1916–2004). The couple had a son and a daughter. Towards the end of his life he mainly worked in the Dillingen area, where he died in 2006.


  • Lothar Schätzl, oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, graphics. Exhibition as part of the 3rd culture days in the district of Dillingen. DLG culture and we e. V. (Ed.) Dillingen 1983.
  • Dagmar Dietrich (ed.): Biographical-artistic review of the 100th birthday. Lothar Schätzl the Elder J. Munich, 2014.
  • Angelika Lenz: The portrait gallery in the National Theater. Hans Huber, Munich 1990.
  • Dietz-Rüdiger Moser, Marianne Sammer (ed.): Literature in Bavaria. Special issue for the 75th birthday (Heinz Piontek). Munich 2000.
  • Erich Pawlu: Johannes Hesters and his Dillinger portrait. In: Dilingana, communication from the Dillinger Study Association. No. 69 (2004), p. 57 ff.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c A portraitist par excellence. Lothar Schätzl painted celebrities. DZ series 19, Donau-Zeitung , ed. November 22, 2005.