Monday, 25 September 2017

Gerland or Garland

Gerland or Garland ?

Recently this print surfaced in American Ebay signed in Sütterlin script: "Original Handdruck ......Gerland". It's maybe not as good or refined as Weimar printmaker Margarete Geibel's (1876-1955) many lovely "Goethehaus" prints although it is faintly remembering of her work.  

It is obviously a view from a great House or Castle into a walled garden.  

Print by Margarete Geibel  (below)

And then there's is this picture of a print showing Strassburg cathedral (Fr. "Nôtre-Dame"; Germ. "Munster") towering over rooftops. It could very well be by the same printmaker Gerland. The German owner of the Strassburg print identified (reading) its signature  which is not legible in the photo however as "Garland". 

This name in Thieme-Becker artist Lexicon besides the handful of British painters only mention a Swedish illustrator Jan Erik Garland born in Stockholm in 1905, so hardly a suspect to sign in German (pré WW2) Sütterlin script in which the "e" is very similar to our modern "n". 

In my 1921 and 1930 (last edition) copies of Dresslers Kunsthandbuch (which actually is an address book) I find one art-historian named Otto Gerland (b. 1835) and not one Garland and he was an art historian) 

Googling I found this painting (its in Ebay) the catgrdraq seen from a slightly different angle by Swiss born Vienna painter Karl Kromer (1889-1964) 

I invite all vistors and readers of this blog/post to help solve this mystery printmakers identity. 

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Henriette Grimm and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Last week I found this book in an antiquarian bookshop: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 

"Meisterwerke der Druckgraphik" 

"Nirgends lernt man einen Künstler besser kennen als in sein Druckgraphik"
(Ernst Ludwig Kirchner) 

Kirchner (1880-1938) was busy, pioneering with (color) woodblock printmaking in Dresden as early as 1904 when he was captain of "Die Brücke" (active 1904-1913) expressionist artist group. He absorbed influences techniques and examples by many artists like Felix Valloton, at first almost copying styles and subjects.   

Also more traditional subjects by first generation German printmakers had his interest: Heine Rath, Siegfried Berndt and Emil Orlik no doubt.  

And then in those early years of his stormy and tumultuous career one can see his own interests, his feelings and emotions developing into his printmaking. 

Browsing through the book, 340 pages of joy, meeting, enjoying and revisiting many known, lesser and unknown prints by Kirchner there was this déjà-vu encounter.

I have no idea why Kirchners expressive 1904(!) "Burg bei Chemnitz" and Henriette's not dated Italian "San Fruttuoso" print share so many similarities, in composition, execution and in color. Kirchner lived near Dresden, visited and later lived in Switzerland, Henriette was born in Switzerland and later lived near Dresden. But something tells me there's a connection. Somewhere.

Henriette Grimm is mentioned in correspondence in the estate of well known Swiss childrens and fairy-tale book illustrator and graphic artist Ernst Kreidolf (1863-1956). In 1933 a dissapointing exhibition was held in Bern (Sw.) showing the works by Kirchner. Only 1100 visitors attended while in the before exposition 13.000 people visited Ernst Kreidolf’s exposition. Kreidolf was acquainted with both Kirchner and Henriette Grimm.  

Again a great Thank You for reader Hannelore who discovered the location of Henriette's print and pointed me to possible link between Ernst Kreidolf, Kirchner and Henriette Grimm. 
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Henriette Grimm: Abazzia San Fruttuoso, Liguria, Italy

Puzzle solved ! Reader Hannelore from Austria succeeded, like a modern day  Miss Marple (see before posting) in solving the mystery and puzzle: where and what is this building depicted by unknown printmaker Henriette Grimm ? It proves the incredible powers of combining the human braincell-computer with interconnected modern digital possibilities: powerful, friendly and future possibilities beyond imagination and limitless.  

The other day I read an article how online modern internet gamers are "used" to solve medical and mathematical problems, DNA amino-acid sequencing and other extremely complex puzzles, dilemma's, mathematical and environmental  problems. Just incredible, read here (link)*    

From the armchair in 2017 it is possible, without much effort, to reconstruct this  small part of the visit of Henriette, of whom we still know so very little, to the monastery of San Fruttuoso hidden deep in a lagune on the Ligurian coast of Italy some 20 km. south of Genova. It can only be reached oversea by boat departing from the fishing village of Camogli. Henriette was one of the many woman artists that I am researching who visited Italy. (Henriëtte will appear among the some 300 short biographies of forgotten pioneering German women printmakers published soon). 

Enjoy !

Camogli, Liguria, It. 

And with a birds-eye view:

And from historical photographs it can even be determined when approximately Henriette visited San Fruttuoso to sketch the buildings for later rendering them into a print: after 1903 and probably just before 1915. After the small top building (3 windows) was added and before it was enlarged (+ 2 windows, arrow) . 

The historic and picturesque site, today is almost unchanged by time, below shown in the 1950's and although "discovered an exploited": almost untouched by modern tourisme. 

Thank you Hannelore !!

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Henriëtte Grimm: Summers Puzzle

Last week Austrian reader Hannelore Greinecker-Morocutti, herself an illustrator and artist send me a piece of last month's "Summer Puzzle". 
Above an example of Hannelore's work, a print reminding me strongly of the image of British actress Joan Hickson (1906-1998) in her role as Miss Marple. 
Mrs. Hickson, in later, life resembling in looks and in posture closely my dear late mother in law. 

Joan Hickson played Agathe Christies (1890-1976) detective in full color for many years after legendary Dame Margaret Rutherford (1892-1972) did for years in the age of black & white. 

As it happens Henriette Grimm illustrated a 1924 book: "Tanz, Jugend, Gluck" (Dance, Youth, Happiness) with "original" lithographic prints and etchings, it would be interesting to know what exactly is inside the book.  

And Googling I even managed to find some more examples of Henriëttes art. 


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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Peyraud en Ardèche.

Hans van Eck
(b. Haarlem 07-04-1941)
Dutch contemporary artist and printmaker 

I do not think Johannes Cornelis ("Hans") van Eck eventually saw a career in linocut printmaking: I only know of two examples of his printmaking endeavors. The signature, and monogram V.E., gave me some headache to solve, but this print, showing rooftops in Peyraud en Ardêche and dated 1969 drew my immediate attention, since I drove by Peyraud only last week and saw the same rooftops half a century later on our way home from a short visit to my sister in law who happens to live in this remote but very beautiful region of France. 

The incredible possibilities of the Internet providing pictures and context to create a posting for sharing and enjoyment.

The small community of Peyraud is situated between two important bridges spanning river Rhône giving acces to the North-Ardêche: at Serrieres and at Andance, some 100 Km. south of Lyon. 

They both give acces to the North Ardêche a scarcely populated district: 1000 meter high hills sloping to the east from the Massif Central towards the Rhône valley with a harsh climate: hot summers and long cold winters.

Once, from medieval times, every plot on the south-facing slopes and hills from the "Massif Central" which was blessed with a well was worked on, on terraces. The water flowing from the many wells is said to have been transported over thousands of years from the Alps in the East through geological layers crossing deep underneath river Rhône.

My sister in law's property is since ages named "Micoulaux" (Fr. mille +  couler - a thousand streams) and indeed the water is pouring from the ground in several places at alt. 900, where morning coffee can be enjoyed like this. 

Today the area is less and less populated, communities, villages and cities in decline, although the southern part, with river Ardêche and it's spectacular "Gorges de l'Ardêche" (the Grand Canyon Light experience) are an immensely popular holliday destination: cano, raft and naturist. 

The once so important production terraces, constructed and claimed by centuries of self-supporting farmers and communities are gradually reclaimed by nature as inhabitants seek work elsewhere and are eventually used for modern forestry growing Douglas firs. 

The region's products are pure as they can be, it's markets as markets should be, it's views spectacular, the silence deafening and it's nights, lit by the Milky Way, so stunning one gets out of bed to enjoy in awe and wonder in the middle of the night. 

This is the only other example by Hans van Eck that I happened to know from my archive: maybe its location (France ?) will be revealed one day. 


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