Elisabeth Schönleber (1877 -1960)
6 “Kunstlerkarten”: as good as (photo-lithopgrapic) reprodction techniques allowed series of postcard size prints, probably uniquely designed and commissioned for this purpose.
Archived auction result of woodblock prints by Elisabeth Schönleber are all from the same auction batch (estate ?) found in a Dresden auction in 2011.
Almost (but not totally) illegible signed lower left, and stylishly closest to any of the other (women) artists in my archive this print was attributed (with a reserve) to Elisabeth Schönleber. See also Emma Mayer for a similar scene. For some time (the signature does not match, Johanna Metzner was a candidate.
Surfacing at an American print dealer this print also lead to a renewed effort to further her short biography. Earlier attempts failed to the find a family connexion to professor and painter Gustav Schönleber, although she is occasionally mentioned to be his daughter. She was not.
Schlieben-Röver, Ida Caroline Elize Hedwig von (Hagenow in Mecklenburg 07-01-1882 - 1928)
Painter, portraitist illustrator and etcher. Also known as Hedwig von Schlieben-Warnow (probably referring to river Warnow, a small stream north of Ludwigslust). Also said to have been born in Ludwigslust/Parow.
Possibly daughter of estate owner and mayor of Hagenow (“Gutsbezitser, Advokat, Rechtsanwalt, Hofrath, Burgermeister”) George Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Röver (before known in Penzlin. Studied law in Rostock (1862) and was appointed judge and university secretary in Rostock) (born Dargun 22-08-1842 - 1900), her mother’s name is not known but she was born in 1844.
Student of her later husband Ludwig von Schlieben and of Walter Thor (1870-1929) and Hermann Groeber (1865-1935). Known from a handful of exquisite children( girls) portrait etchings. Her children portraits were also published as postcards by publishing house Franz Hanfstaengel. Worked in Munich for illusive Munich magazine ”Jugend”. One of the postcards obviously shows a Dutch girl before a Dutch windmill suggesting she visited the Netherlands.
Lived from 1903 in Munich and from 1906 in Ober-alting in upper-Bavaria. She created an illustration in“Kinder- und Jugendzeitschrift: Heim der Jugend”, Vol. I 1905).
Married in Ober-Alting 1905 painter Joachim Tonco Ludwig von Schlieben b. (Großenhain 1875 - 1957 Munich). They had a son Ulrich von Schlieben (b. Munich 21-08-1911) who became an engineer and invented, designed, developed, perfected and manufactured the “Schärf-Fix” skiving tool (to “thin” leather, a process known as paring, used by shoemakers and bookbinders etc…) and other precision tools and instruments in his one-man Munich enterprise.
Dresslers KHB 1921: Munich, Viktor Scheffelstrasse 9. Member RvBK.