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 Maria Spotl  (1898 - 1953)

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Lived/Active: Austria      Known for: figurine and art card designer, child figure and religious scene painting

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Das Kinderquartett auf der Holzstiege
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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The following information is from Donna L. Saqui who wrote:  "I am doing in May 2013 a seminar on Goebel figurines including Maria Spotl (1898-1953), Austrian artist and designer of art cards.  Her work was transformed into 3-dimensional porcellain figurines by Goebel in Rodental, Germany, during the period 1938-1953.  My topic is Goebel Religious Items; and I had found little about Maria Spotl's background, although I do have some of her figurines by Goebel.  I looked on your website to see what info you might have; however, you had none and requested background information on her.  So, this is what I have discovered so far:

Maria Spotl was born on September 16, 1898, at Landeck in the Tyrol, the youngest of five children.  After her birth, the family moved to Schwaz, famous Austrian mining village, where her father had been appointed director of the post office.  Here, young Maria attended primary school and went to the Marienberg Institute at Bregenz for her secondary education.
She began her artistic career as a woodcarver, and was especially successful in this field.  Her creche sets and crucifixes were sought after throughout Europe and the United States.  Not only highly talented, she was also a very versatile artist--and soon turned to stone and chisel.  Her first teacher was Master Kobald at Schwaz, and finished her studies at the Staatsgewerbeschule for Woodcarving at Innsbruck.  Her hands proved to be too weak for great sculptures;  however, she finally devoted all her work to painting, studying at the Munich Fine Arts Academy with Prof. Leo Samberger and working with Prof. A. Sterrer's master class at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy.
Maria did oil paintings, pastels, some water colors; however, portraits of the Heavenly Child, children in general, and Madonnas, bathed in a wonderful heavenly light, were to her special liking.  As symbols of her lofty ideas she created the "Spotl-Angels."
Maria Spotl was also gifted in the technical field, and her artistic talents did not prevent her from being a good housewife.  She knew about hardships of life and distress, but always maintained her goodness and good humor, which is evident in her pictures.
She had been confined to bed for many years when she died on July 29 1953. leaving behind a great number of unfinished works.  No artist thereafter was able to complete them because the expressions on the faces where "not like Maria Spotl did them," as people said.
Her tomb at the outer wall of the Gothic Parish Church in Schwaz is frequently visited after all these years--a sign of the popularity of her art work and appreciation of her charming personality.
Donna L. Saqui


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