Although it was planned to show an Archive section of known but not represented works it can be announced all known (to me, to this moment) works by Johanna Baldeweg, including the signed exquisite stained glass and lead window ornament are represented in this collection.
Offers or information concerning any other known works and biographical information concerning this forgotten artist is very welcomed.
Johanna Baldeweg (Schwenk-Baldeweg)
(Leipzig 19-09-1890 – after 1949 prob. Bad Reichenhal in Bavaria)
Painter, graphic & book-cover artist, “Werkkunstler” (applied art) and teacher. Daughter of book printer and later book publisher Friedrich Carl Otto Baldeweg (died in 1927) and Marie N.N. (died after 1943)
Otto Baldeweg is first mentioned in the Leipzig address books in 1890, the year his daughter Johanna was born. He started working as leader of the typesetting department (“Buchdruckfactor”), climbed up to “Procurist” and “Geschäfstfuhrer” (CEO) in the Leipzig publishing and book printing firm of “Hallberg und Büchting”. In 1920 is he also mentioned “Kaufmann” and “Vertreter”. After his death his wife seems to have taken over (part) of tasks because she is also mentioned “Vertreter”.
The Baldeweg family lived at several addresses in Leipzig: 1890: Moritzstrasse 3-III, 1891 Brüderstrasse 18-III, 1897: Carolinenstrasse 25-I, 1900 Nostizstrasse 17-III, 1905 Hohenzollenstrasse 8-II, 1910: Reitzenhainerstrasse 3-III and finally 1920-43 Reitzenhainerstrasse 1-III adjacent to Ostplatz 2. After 1943 there are no Leipzig address records and Marie Baldeweg, who has not become known with her family name, is not mentioned after 1948 when civil registration restarted. The houses of this block adjacent to Ostplatz all survived WW-II bombing devastations and today are all restored to their former glory.
In nearby village Kleinjehna a Baldeweg family lived in the 19th century where first name Otto was used: an Otto Baldeweg from Kleinjehna-Merseburg fell as a soldier in WW-I. More Baldeweg families lived in the city of Halle.
Studied at Hamburg “Kunstgewerbeschule” and Munich “Kunstgewerbeschule” where she later was appointed as one of the first women in Germany as graphic arts teacher (“Lehrerin für Radierung”) 1917-1919. She also taught in Leipzig “Sozial-Pädagogischen Frauenseminar”.
In 1914, in the BUGRA address list (she is not mentioned in Dressler KHB 1921) she is registered living at her parents home in the Reitzenhainerstrasse and in 1930 (Dresslers) in the Harkortstrasse 6. Harkortstrasse 3, also part of this large building block is the building known as “Gewerkschaftshaus”. It was built by the “Verband Deutscher Handlungsgehilfigen” and provided meaning and work for the handicapped and disabled, which would fit very well with Johanna’s teaching and arts & crafts profession. It had also living quarters in the upper floors.
After her marriage she is also known as Johanna Schwenk-Baldeweg. Further reading in: Das Haus der Frau Vol. 1
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