Of those artists throughout the world who have dedicated themselves to the automobile only a
select few have achieved worldwide renown, one of them being the German Walter Gotschke.
His impressionistic gouaches not only portray the typical character of each race
driver and his driving style, along with the authenticity of an historic event and cars
true to the smallest detail, but also make the race atmosphere palpable so that one can
almost hear and smell the event from his art.
Walter Gotschke, the self-taught artist, born in 1912 in a village of imperial Austrian Silesia
(now Czech Republic) lived and worked in Stuttgart, Germany since 1938.
He was already drawing passionately as a child, commencing with animals.
Aged eleven he became fascinated by the first automobiles.
From memory alone he tried repeatedly to draw the few cars that passed through his rural
backwater. The later student of architecture experienced his first races in his homeland:
the Ecce-Homo Hillclimb, the Masaryk Grand Prix and others. By seventeen he was already
producing his first race sketches which were published, followed a year later by the Masaryk
Grand Prix poster.
Alongside decades of advertising work for leading European automobile
firms, Walter Gotschke’s favourite task was painting automobile races. During his latter
period of life this evolved to become his chief activity until in 1985 an eye disease gradually
turned into blindness due to old age. In the autumn of 2000 his eyes closed for ever.