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Tamilenfrau, Ceylon

22.5 x 24.5 cm
Etching on paper
Signed. 1978

Eberhard Schlotter

Eberhard Schlotter (1921 - 2014) was a German artist and graphic designer. Born in Hildesheim to an artistic family, both Schlotter’s father Heinrich and brother Gotthelf were well known sculptors. He studied drypoint etching and aquatint at a local craft and trade school before entering the Munich Academy of Fine Arts in 1939. In 1941, he became the youngest artist to exhibit at the Great German Art Exhibition in Munich.

However, Schlotter’s work aroused the displeasure of the Nazi Party and his art was classified as “Degenerate Art”. Schlotter was drafted and sent to the Russian Front where he suffered serious wounds in 1944. While recuperating in hospital he met his wife Dorothea. In 1945 he was sent to the Western Front where he captured by the American army and spent six months as a prisoner of war in France. After his release Schlotter worked as a freelance artist in Darmstadt where he specialized in murals. In 1967 he taught at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts and spent a great part of the 1970s travelling the world. In 1980-1986 Schlotter was a professor of art at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. After 1986 much of his life was spent in South America. He died in Alicante, Spain in 2014. Schlotter visited Sri Lanka in 1978.