* 13 August 1900 in Braunschweig; † 20 March 1983 in Königslutter
German painter and graphic artist
Thilo Maatsch is one of the avant-gardists of the 1920s whose roots lay in abstract constructivism. Already at the beginning of his career he is known for his geometric-abstract color field paintings. He works in his profession as a teacher and he is a self-taught artist to a large extent. His first impulses in 1916 come at a Franz Marc exhibition in the Berlin Sturm gallery. Via the Braunschweig art collector Otto Ralfs, he meets Bauhaus artists. In 1919 and 1921 he visits Heinrich Vogeler in Worpswede. As early as 1924 Kandinsky, in a visit to Maatsch’s studio, chooses an oil painting by him for Ralfs’ collection. The collection would later house over 20 of his paintings and prints. He has his first group exhibition in 1925 at Braunschweig Castle together with Johannes Molzahn and Rudolf Jahns.
Maatsch is a member of the November Group. From 1925 to 1932 at the Große Berliner Kunst-ausstellung he is represented in the section of this artists association. In 1927 Herwarth Walden mounts a solo exhibition in his Sturm gallery of Maatsch’s prints, watercolors and paintings. The Nazis then in 1934 outlaw him from the Reichsbund of visual artists and consider his art as “degenerate”. Following 1945 he works again as a teacher and after retirement producs a copious late work.