Archive - Reference
Thea Gutmann-Voigt to this day remains a mysterie printmaker. Although her print surface regularly it has not been possible to identify her. I think I have collected all prints with her signature. In fact her “Flieder” (elderberry) and “Goldregen” (Wysteria) both are of very Japanese composition and design and were among my first German woodblock prints acquired. In one occasion her prints appeared in a folio titled “Japanische Holzschnitte” which contained more or less identical prints (design, execution, style and format) but with clearly other names, handwrightings etc. These artists with names: Thies, Ruth Lundbeck, “Celina” and “Neumann” are also still unidentified artists. A suggestion was made it may have been an artists collective or even an alias for an artist who wished to remain unknown. These names are not found in any of the Artist address books, in newspaper reviews or any written source.
It would be a triumph to solve this puzzle, but after almost a century this may be wishful thinking
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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