Leopold Wächtler

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Leopold Wächtler (1896–1988) was a German artist known for his prints, portraiture and silhouettes.

Wächtler was born in 1896 in Penig, Saxony, in the German Empire.[1] He studied with Alois Kolb in Leipzig and went on study visits to Paris, Spain, Italy, North Africa, the Balkans and Switzerland.[2] Particularly notable are his signed woodcuts of Franz Liszt, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Gerhart Hauptmann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn.[3] His portrait of Henrik Ibsen (1928) is regarded as a woodcut masterwork of the 20th century.[4] He died in 1988 in Leipzig.


  1. ^ Paul Pfisterer: Signaturenlexikon / Dictionary of Signatures Walter de Gruyter, 1999, ISBN 9783110824469. p. 700 and index
  2. ^ Leopold Wächtler at koeln-art.de (in German), retrieved 06-20-2012.
  3. ^ woodcuts by Leopold Wächtler at artfact.com, retrieved 06-20-2012.
  4. ^ Haye Walter Hansen: Deutsche Holzschnittmeister des 20. Jahrhunderts/Woodcut Masters of the 20th Century U. Berg-Verlag (1979) ISBN 978-3922119012 (in German) p. 287

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