(1871 – after 1921 before 1930 ?)
Dresden painter and printmaker
Hildegard Koch lived and worked in Dresden and (1898 - ?) in Kipsdorf-im-Erzgebirge (20 km. south of Dresden) in the "Erzgebirge (Ore-mauntains). I have no proof source to where she was born. She is not mentioned in any of the artists lexicons.
She had also been a member of the "Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen" 1898-1916 and exhibited with the VdBK 1898, 1901, suggesting she may have studied in Berlin.
Later we find her also a member of “Gruppe der Dresdner Künstlerinnen”, around 1904, and exhibiting in 1908 in “Galerie Arnold” with Doris am Ende (1857-1944), Clotilde Schilling (1858-1934), Bertha Schrader (1845-1920) and Lina von Zieten (?) and others. Please help to identify this last artist !
Hildegard Koch is graphically known by just this one print surfacing in German Ebay last month showing a winter landscape and a “Kreuzkirche” possibly somewhere south of Dresden, in the Ore Mountains region (“Erz-gebirge”), possibly around Dresden or adjacent Poland (Breslau area). It would be nice to identify the church and its town.
In Dresden she lived 1921 at Ostbahnstrasse 1, in a street were artist liked to have a studio because of North facing windows: at nr. 2 lived Elisabeth Andrae (1876-1945) and Erna Ottillie Bercht (1881-1966) while Clothilde Schilling (1858-1934) lived at nr. 16. Printmaking ladies whom we've met met before.
Dresslers KHB 1921: Dresden, Ostbahnstrasse 1. Member VdK.
Dresslers KHB 1930: not mentioned, suggesting she stopped living 1921-1930.
Post card made by Hildegard Koch in Kipsdorf
Hildegard Koch today is a largely forgotten artist. These are the only facts and examples of her art I was able to scratch together. But slowly pieces of the historic puzzle in artistic Dresden begin to form pictures: follow the labels: Andrea, Schilling, Schrader.
Do send corrections and additions for sharing and help me in my research into early German woodblock printmaking by woman artists born 1850-1900.
All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only.