I suppose anno 2023 it is something to be content with: Having actually collected 11 from the some 25 known prints by Johanna Metzner To this day she is still one of the most illusive women printmakers. Not winning every auction (low on budget, being “outbid”) is a reality and a fact that has to be accepted: less prints on the market and more buyers. Three of her prints never seen on the market, came to light in Jan.-Febr. 2023: Flamingo’s (archive)  and Aquarium (“Flossenblatt II”) +  Drinking bird  (“Bunte Kitta vom Himalaya”).  

The last two prints have stayed together for 100 years, were auctioned separately but could be acquired for this collection united.

The known title “Flossenblatt-II” points to fish species Monodactylus setae, a well known aquarium fish from Amazonia. The fish depicted however is Pterophyllum scalare (moonfish). It is also suggestive there must be a “Flossenblatt-I”: Exciting !