Temporary arangement of all prints (some 70 different !) that have become known to me during 25 years of collecting: from my personal collection and the archive build by examples in unknown and well known collections, from old auction catalogues, from eBay and from literature (old German publishing-house catalogues, magazines and books) etc…etc..
This summing-up (catalogue) of her prints was created on special request from a befriended Chicago collector admired for his dedication and exquisite taste.
If time allows specifics, like title and dimensions etc.. will be added later.
In the meantime, all information, more examples (…..) etc.. are very welcomed
These pictures are arranged without organisation or system. Helene Mass used to sign her prints with “just her name” and in most cases her HM monogram. Regretfully no dates, no location or edition numbers (only in very few known examples) are mentioned.
I suppose any insight in chronologic arranging will be an almost impossible task: Judgement by development in skill and technique (quality ?), knowledge about biography, a private diary or studio administration, knowledge about her travels (coast, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Venice, Helgoland)…… Also the contents of dated publisher’s catalogues might be helpful. There lies a task ahead.
The charming prints (red-ivy, children, farmhouse) are possibly based on her memory of her native Schönlancke.
The last coloured example (shepherd) was send for sharing by Munich print collector Holger as newly discovered (not seen or known before) example (October 2022). The block measures 32 x 40 cm.
Recent new Finds (not acquisitions)
1- November 2022 this never before seen (and wonderful) Penguins by Helene Mass appeared in an on line auction.
2- On the last day of 2022 this never before seen small (10 x 10 ) “Birken” printed and published by Wohlgemut & Lissner showed up.
3- June 2023: this print showing the natural clifs of river Oder near Bellinchen (50 km. NE from Berlin today Bielinek in Poland) as illustration in a 1927 book about the local nature reserve.
4- A never seen before small format print (2023)