Manfred Gottschall

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Manfred Gottschall (born January 14, 1937 in Manebach , Thuringia , † July 17, 2015 in Chemnitz ) was a German graphic designer .


After dropping out of high school, Gottschall first completed an apprenticeship as a porcelain painter in Ilmenau. This was followed by a degree in graphic design at the technical schools for applied arts in Erfurt and Magdeburg. Since 1960 he has been working as a freelance graphic designer in Karl-Marx-Stadt, now Chemnitz. From 1962 to 1992 he was part of the Gottschall- Detlefsen - Rieß (GDR) studio community .

Gottschall achieved international fame primarily through his stamp designs. From 1965 to 1990 the Post Ministry of the GDR published 284 of his drafts. Since 1990 he has received orders from the Deutsche Bundespost and the Federal Ministry of Finance. Many of his designs were realized. In the last few years he has increasingly worked for various private postal companies in Germany. His stamps have received several national and international awards. Many of his originals are now in museums.

In addition to the design of postage stamps, the design of posters, scientific drawings as well as designs for bookplates and signets were among Gottschall's work priorities. He also worked as a museum and exhibition designer. Under the impression of repeated study trips to Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean region and North America, he also turned to painting in the 1980s, which has become a defining field of work for him in recent years. His artistic work mainly focuses on landscape painting and flower still lifes using acrylic, pastel and watercolor techniques.

Manfred Gottschall lived in Chemnitz until his death in 2015.

Postage stamps


  • 1967–1989: 10 gold stamps from the GDR
  • 1985: “The Robert Stolz Trophy for Music Philately” for the world's best music stamp for the block “175. Birthday Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy "
  • 1986: Best European brand for the "Bach-Handel-Schütz" block (design together with Rieß)
  • 1990: Best European brand for the “Peaceful Awakening to German Unity” block
  • 2004: Stamp Award from the private postal service providers in Germany for the series “Famous Personalities” published by WVD PostModern Chemnitz

Solo exhibitions, among others

  • 1972: INTERARTES Berlin
  • 1981: World Stamp Exhibition (WIPA) Vienna
  • 1985: Karl-Marx-Stadt University Library
  • 1987: Volgograd Art Museum
  • 1996: Landespostdirektion Dresden
  • 1998: Manebach
  • 1999: Klaffenbach moated castle, Chemnitz
  • 2009: Schneeberg

Participation in exhibitions, etc.

  • 5 × art exhibition of the GDR in Dresden
  • 1960–1986 participation in all district art exhibitions in Karl-Marx-Stadt
  • Poster Biennale Warsaw and poster exhibitions in Berlin, Budapest, Havana and Moscow
  • House of History Bonn
  • Old City Hall Düsseldorf


  • Volker Frank: Gottschall, Manfred . In: General Artist Lexicon . The visual artists of all times and peoples (AKL). Volume 59, Saur, Munich a. a. 2008, ISBN 978-3-598-22799-8 , p. 277.
  • Dietmar Eisold (Ed.): Lexicon artists in the GDR . New Life, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-355-01761-9 , pp. 271 .
  • Hellmut Rademacher: Commercial graphics in the GDR . Ed .: Association of Visual Artists of the GDR. Verlag der Kunst, Dresden 1975, DNB  750386495 .
  • Citizen portraits . Edition Chemnitz. Lipsia-Presence-Verlag, Delitzsch 2005, ISBN 3-938128-10-0 .
  • 13 gold stamps made the graphic trio famous . In: Karl-Marx-Städter Blick . No. 39 . Karl-Marx-Stadt September 26, 1984, p. 10 .
  • The Sachsenbund congratulates the graphic designer Manfred Gottschall on his 70th birthday . In: Sachsenbund Kurier . No. 1/08 , 2008, p. 3 ( online [PDF; 1.4 MB ; accessed on December 13, 2011]).

Web links

Commons : Manfred Gottschall  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Foundation Poster OST - In Memoriam