The Nötsch Circle comprised four painters: Franz Wiegele (1887–1944) and Sebastian Isepp (1884–1954), both of whom were born in the village of Nötsch in the Carinthian Gailtal, and Anton Kolig (1886–1950) and Anton Mahringer (1902–1974) who made their home there, hailing from Moravia and Germany, respectively. Within their individual approaches, each of these painters supported the principle of creating space through color and thus contributed in an outstanding and instrumental way to the art historical phenomenon of an independent Austrian Expressionism.
The Nötsch Circle, therefore, ranks among the most influential artist groups in Austria between the two world wars and played a significant role in shaping the image of Austrian painting in the first half of the 20th century. The group's prominence was by no means confined to their immediate realm of Carinthia; it can be instead placed in a global context. The artists' extensive travel activities and their many complex relationships with intellectuals of the time are of great cultural and historical interest.