1803 Freistadt/Austria – 1887 Eferding/Austria
Aloys Zötl was an Austrian dyer and painter. In Eferding he worked as a dye master and having hardly ever travelled, he drew his inspiration for his art primarily from books, such as Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ or Buffon’s ‘Natural History’. Between 1834 and 1887 Zötl created extensive and encyclopedic watercolors of animals. The ‘bestiarium’ was originally bound in 4 albums and contained over 400 sheets that have since been distributed around the world.
“With his ingenious water colour technique and fine colouration, the master dyer Zötl depicts idyllic landscapes with mountains, volcanoes, seas, tropical plants and corresponding weather.”