Eberhard Schlotter was born on June 3, 1921, in Hildesheim. His father, the sculptor Heinrich Schlotter, introduced Eberhard to art as a young child. Already as a student, Schlotter was considered a talented drawer and painter.
In 1936, he audited classes at the Hildesheim Craft and Industrial School and learned the techniques of drypoint engraving and aquatint. Beginning in 1939, Schlotter attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich. The works which he presented at the Great German Art Exhibition in 1941 drew misgivings from the National Socialists. That fall Schlotter was sent to the Eastern front to fight on the vanguard. In 1944, he was severely wounded and, at the end of the war, he ended up as a prisoner of the Americans.
After his release in August of 1945, Eberhard Schlotter moved to Darmstadt to work as a freelance artist. At this time, he became familiar with modern painting, attending numerous exhibitions and reading art magazines. This is how he became acquainted with the works of Paul Cézanne, Matisse, Braque, and Pablo Picasso.
In 1950, Schlotter received his first large commissions for facade works, such as mosaics and murals. In 1952, Eberhard Schlotter took his first trip to Spain, which would later become his second home. From 1955 until 1957, the artist sat as chair of the New Darmstadt Secession. During this time, Schlotter met and befriended the writer Arno Schmidt, with whom he remained friends until his death. He even produced many portraits of his friend.
In November of 1956, he and his wife moved to the fishing village of Altea, Spain. There he painted his cycle "Eine Großfamilie" ("An Extended Family"), an allegory of dishonesty and insincerity. Schlotter continued with this theme in the following years in his paintings and drawings. Beginning in 1960, the painter lived between Altea and Darmstadt.
In the early 1960's, Schlotter perfected his own graphic technique, which he termed "soft etching" and which allowed him to produce seemless transitions between gray tones in his engravings.
In 1967, he took a teaching position as the Hamburg College for Visual Arts. Eberhard Schlotter was appointed professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz in 1980. He took over as guest professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Columbia in 1986. The next year, he and his wife moved to Hannover and took many trips abroad. Since 1995, Eberhard Schlotter has lived and worked in Wienhausen.
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