Sebastian Rotsching (1898-1971)

The sculptor and educator, Sebastian Rotsching, graduated 1926 from the Academy of Fine Arts1 in Munich as academic sculptor2. He was born in Gertianosch3, March 17, 1898, and died4 in Munich, June 26, 1971. Portrait sculptures and the lives and traditions of the Danube Swabians5 comprised a significant part of his work. Much of what he created was part of a traveling exposition, on display in Breslau near the end of the Second World War. All of this was lost as the front moved through this area.

Prior to 1945, he taught at the Prinz Eugen and the Lenau schools in Temeschburg6 , Romania. From 1946 to his retirement in 1963, he taught at the Gymnasium7 Leopoldinum and at the Oberrealschule8, both in Passau, Germany.

He was inspired by the work of the well known German sculptor, Reinhold Begas (1831-1911) and others, such as Erwin Kurz (1857 - 1931) and Bernhard Bleeker (1881-1968), both, his professors9 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

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1 - German: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, also known as Munich Academy. It was founded 1808 by Maximilian I of Bavaria in Munich as the "Royal Academy of Fine Arts" and is one of the oldest and most significant art academies in Germany. [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_of_Fine_Arts_Munich ]

2- German: “Akademischer Bildhauer”

3- Carpinis, Romania on current maps. A small village [45o 47’35”N 20o 53’ 54”E]

4 – Passauer Neue Presse, June 29, 1971 Todesanzeige (in German)

5- Danube Swabians [see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danube_Swabians ]

6- Timisoara, Romania on current maps

7 –Jahresberichte Gymnasium Leopoldinum 1962/63 und 1970/71 (in German)

8 – Jahresbericht Oberrealschule Passau 1963 (in German)

9- Matthias Hoffmann: Gertianosch. Pannoni Verlag, Freilassing 1964 – Record of Interview by Wilhelm Kronfuss, p 155-164.