Karl Gatermann the Younger

Karl Gatermann (June 17, 1909 – April 3, 1992), typically referred to in art circles as Karl Gatermann the Younger, was a German painter, graphic artist, and set designer. He was the nephew of his namesake, Karl Gatermann, also an artist.


Gatermann trained as a decorator while working for his father in Zerbst. He attended art school at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Dessau with Wilhelm Danz in 1926, and from 1927 studied at Bauhaus Dessau with Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger. In 1928 he received a journeyman's certificate and he passed his Master's examination in 1933.[citation needed]

Paying for his studies required occasionally working in the painting class of the Berufsschule in Zerbst. From 1935 until the beginning of World War II, he studied in Munich at the Academy of Fine Arts.[1] His teachers there were Angelo Jank, Max Doerner, Adolf Schinnerer, Max Mayrshofer, and Emil Preetorius.

As a set designer, he worked at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as at the opera houses in Magdeburg and Bernburg; he also worked at Bavaria Film in Munich, on the sets of feature film Philine [de] with Theo Lingen.[citation needed]

After the war, Gatermann mainly painted landscape oil paintings from the Munich area. The Munich art publishing house Emil Köhn purchased many of his mountain paintings and reproduced them as art postcards. Gatermann declared himself as the first painter of the Munich parkland. His style approached late-impressionism during this period.[citation needed]

Selected worksEdit

  • Wide landscape with grazing cows , oil / board, signed K. Gaterman, local indication Munich, dated 22.9.48, 50x70.5 cm
  • Autumnal forest , oil / board, signed K. Gaterman, Ortsangabe München, dated 16.10.48, backside designated K. Gatermann, 60x80 cm
  • Field between Johanniskirchen and Unterföhring , oil / canvas, signed K. Gaterman, dated 1952, place description Munich, 60,5 × 80,5 cm

Signature differences between Elder and YoungerEdit

Both Karl Gatermanns signed their work "K. Gatermann", however with regards to the Elder, only his early works occasionally included the notation "Munich". These few paintings were created during his studies there before World War I. From 1919 onward, the Elder did not include the "Munich" notation, since he had returned to Lübeck.[citation needed]

The Younger, on the other hand, usually added "Munich" beneath his signature, since he lived and worked there. Additionally, from around 1950, the Younger usually signed in printed letters, which the Elder never did.[2]


  1. ^ "00390 Karl Gatermann , Matrikelbuch 6, 1931-1935". Akademie der Bildenden Künste München. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Verwechselungen bei den Werken der beiden Maler Karl Gatermann". Möllner Museum. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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