These 4 prints (3 woodblocks and 1 lithographic print) represent Austrian-American printmaker Katherine Gericke and were acquired from the collection of Boston collectioneur and print specialist Tom Clemens who also happens to be my collecting best friend in the New World and provider of many works by German women artists returning to the Old World. Katherine, although born, raised and educated in Vienna as an artist fled the invading Nazi to America were her father had triumphed as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Read more in Vol. 1.
A drawing (found with 2 other drawings in the Brian Hannon collection), a sketch of an Italian mountain village, seems to have been the design for her woodblock print.
Helene Ladstätter (1892 - 1970 Vienna)
Austrian printmaker. Although her identity (family) is still a mystery she is mentioned in an article in “the Studio Magazine” 1924, Vol. 87, page 136-137. Here she is mentioned (and praised) as “Miss H. Ladstätter”. In the article were also mentioned Dr. Emma Bormann (1887-1974) and a print entitled “Dorfstrasse”. She exhibited in 1939 together with printmakers William Giles (1872-1939), Yoshijiro Urushibara (1888-1953), Engelbert Lap (1886-1970) and others at Colnaghi Art Gallery in Bondstreet London. This firm in the 1920-30s had strong connections with the art business in America possibly explaining her prints surfacing in America. She is known by 4 (alpine) woodblock prints sold/auctioned in recent years in America and England.
She was probably a member of the “Verein für Bildende Künstlerinnen Österreichs” (VBKÖ) because in 1970 her obituary is kept in its archives
Exhibited 1947 in the Große Östereichische Kunstausstellung with (a.o.) Valerie Praschniker and Elfriede Miller-Hauenfels.
Dear print lover, passing-by visitor and reader:
While this new gallery-museum site is under construction (being build-up, stocked and arranged) priority must be given to first add all the represented artists in the index with works from the collection and if possible with the examples from the archives.
During construction the site is open to visitors, questions, feedback and suggestions.
Read more about the artists, their lives, families and careers in the new and extensive Artist Lexicon: “DAS HAUS DER FRAU, the short biographies” accompanying this exhibition.
Hundreds of new artist biographies, a private publication in 2 Volumes written conveniently in English.
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