||Born in Augsburg|
father: bookkeeper Josef Lettl
mother: Maria Lettl neé Buchegger
|1926 - 38
||Primary school, high school, abitur|
|1939 - 45
|1940 - 43
Communications Officer in Paris; first exposure to surreal art;|
paints watercolours of
Parisian scenery in his spare time.
|1944 - 45
||Reconnaissance airman in Norway|
spent four months in captivity after end of the war.
|1945 - 48
||Freelance painter in Augsburg|
first experiments in surrealist painting
||The Currency reform made it necessary to earn a living in
construction work and other jobs in addition to painting landscapes,
and continuing to develop his experiments in surrealist painting.|
Marries Franziska Link |
||Independent painter. Receives commissions for
stained glass windows, portraits.|
Develops a personal surrealist style.
||Participates in the |
"Große Kunstausstellung München".
Member of the "New Munich Artists’ Cooperative". Numerous solo shows.
||Establishes a second residence in Puglia
(Italy). Inspired by the southern light he
occasionally creates impressionistic paintings.|
|1986 - 90
||Design of the title pages for the book supplements for the newspaper "Die Welt" ("The World")|
||On the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at the Toskan Hall of Columns, he offered his paintings to the city of Augsburg on a permanent loan basis.|
Creation "The Organization for the Promotion of Surreal Art", its main aims being the presentation of Lettl´s art in Augsburg as well as making it accessible to the public.
||Official opening of the "Lettl-Atrium, Museum for Surreal Art", in the Augsburg Chamber of
Industry and Commerce.
||For the 75th birthday, the premiere of the play "The Board" for the picture series
"Nachträume" (a play on words, which could be either "after-dreams" or "night-rooms") was presented.
|1998 - 99
Participates in four surrealist short films
"The Mad Lemon", "Riegele", "SUB",
||Exhibition of his aquatint etchings|
|| Major Retrospective in
Augsburg: "Lettl - 80 Years"
In connection with this exhibition five multimedia students from
the Technical University create, produce and present
the project "Lettl in Motion" for the city of Augsburg.
||Opening of the Lettl Museum in Lindau |
||To mark his 85th birthday, the multimedia project "Doors" is
||Lettl dies surrounded by his paintings.