Thursday, 14 December 2017

Fritz von Zerboni di Sposetti: what's in a name ?

Friederich (Fritz) von Zerboni di Sposetti
(born 30-12- 1900 probably in Vienna)
unknown Austrian printmaker.   

Born, probably in Vienna, as the youngest son of 7 children of Maximilian von Zerboni di Sposetti (1856-1901) and Olga von Reimann (1863-1927). 

Hannelore (faithful corresponding researcher from Austria) also was able to solve this signature problem. She was able to read it and even managed to find a "fitting" person in the Zerboni family genealogical data. 

The Sultan Ahmed-I mosque, depicted by Fritz Zerboni is also known as the Blue Mosque or Jewel of Istanbul and was built 1609-1619 during the reign of short lived Sultan Ahmed-I (1590-1617) who is buried inside. 

The unknown Austrian printmaker is not mentioned in any of the artists Lexicons. The today Austrian branch of this family descends from Maximilians great grandfather Bernardino von Zerboni di Sposetti who was born, and lived, in Breslau in 1686. 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Jaroslav Hejny (1918 - 1992): Traditional carp harvest in South Bohemia

Jaroslav Hejny 
(1918 - 1992)
Czech (Bohemian) painter and graphic artist. 

Well, she did it again! Corresponding member Hannelore from Austria also solved the mystery print in before posting. It is by Jaroslav Hejny, born in Kozlov near Pacov in the South of Bohemia (Czech Republic). He studied in Prag Academy under well known Czech artists Cyril Bouda (1901-1984), Karel Lidicky (1900-1976) and Martin Salcman (1896-1979). He died in 1992 in Českých Budějovicích, South Bohemias largest city. 

In 1991 a year before he died he was obviously awarded an exhibition of his work. In the background can be seen two paintings with fishermen in oil suits. 

And in this Logo of a 2015 exhibition, almost 25 years later, held in Českých Budějovicích, a drawing of the same company of fishermen was used. I was under the impression that Hejny must travelled abroad to a coastal region witnessing these men at work and depicting them. But that would have been very difficult: traveling from behind the Iron Curtain. I now know (thanks again Hannelore) this was one of Hejny's (who was also a professor in Prag), special themes and topics: local "Fishermen of south Bohemia"

Hejny is showing us in detail the traditional annual December carp haul (harvest) at lake Zablatsky in South Bohemia. The carps are the centre of the traditional Czech Christmas dish. Please follow this link because I think I am not allowed to reproduce the pictures I found Googling. 

Found and acquired as a "woodblock print showing Indonesian fishermen", this signed Czech pen and ink drawing is actually showing quite something else. I have no idea how the drawing ended up in the Netherlands. 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

What is going on ?

What is going on here ?

Found as a "woodblock print with Indonesian fishermen" this quite good pen and ink drawing seems to represent some form of traditional, communal shore  (shoal) fishing. A company of 7 wading men pulling a net, 10 men in small boats with long poles adjusting or checking nets between their boats and at the shallows halfway the shore (with settlement) static fish nets, suggesting the location has a tidal system. In the front 13 large tanks and a man supervising. The tanks suggesting the catch is to be kept alive: Shrimps ? Fish eggs ? Aquarium fish ?  Researchers ?  In Indonesia, Brittany or in the Lofoten ?

The artists signature possibly reads "Heyny" (Hejnij ?).: I wonder if readers have any knowledge or wise suggestions what the artist is showing us.  

Monday, 4 December 2017

Margaret Schauffler: in or out ?

It has been a bit silent recently in my Blog. The reason: the book on German Women Printmakers is finally in the phase of a proof edition. It is awaiting last and final decisions while this question of "in or out" happened recently. The book is a collection of some 500 entries (245 pages): short biographies of German printmaking women artists and their world: family, teachers, galleries, critics, printing houses, exhibitions etc....  

"Collecting art without knowing anything about the artist is like collecting stamps without a catalogue".  


German by family name and by heritage American printmaker Margaret Schauffler strictly does not "belong" in an index treating German Women Printmakers. But since I decided, as the sole author and editor responsible, to include American printmaker Helen Hyde because after all she'd studied with Emil Orlik, I decided to take Margaret "aboard" and include her fascinating  short biography composed after I di some research in her history. I found two paintings and one print titled "Garden Gate" by her. The print is currently for sale at Paramour Fine Arts Gallery in Franklin (Mich.) USA. 


Schauffler, Margaret Reynolds 
(Cleveland Ohio USA 04-06-1896 - 1994)
American painter and printmaker.

Margaret was the daughter of missionary Dr. Henry Albert Schauffler (1837-1905) and his second wife Clara Hobart (1856-1942). She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1914 and received the A.B. degree in music, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Oberlin College in 1918. She graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1922 and received an M.A. in Art from Western Reserve University in 1931. From 1923 to 1961 she taught studio art and Asian art at Oberlin College, retiring as associate professor of art. 

After retiring, she taught art at Ashland College for eight years and continued giving private lessons in painting, jewelry-making and calligraphy until 1983. Many of her paintings were exhibited in Ohio galleries.  A woodblock print titled “Garden Gate” in yellow, greens and blue is known (Paramour Fine prints) known showing a house and gardens.

Margarets grandfather William Gottlieb Schauffler
Her father was one of 6 sons born to American missionaries Wilhelm (William) Gottlieb Schaufler (Stuttgart, Germany  22-08-1798 – 27-01-1883 New-York) and his American wife Mary Reynolds (Lougmeadow Mass. 13-04-1802- 09-01-1895 New Rochelle, New York) while serving in Constantinople, Turkey. With his parents W.G. Schauffler had immigrated from Germany to Odessa and then Izmir and Constantinopel in Turkey in 1826 after which he made his way to the US of America, where he worked as a woodturner and instrumentmaker also studying theology. Margaret's grandmother Mary Reynold's ancestors can be traced back in Brittain to the Doomsday book describing land, possessions and owners in and before 1066. It was ordered by William the Conqueror (1028-1087).  

"Sultan Ahmed Mosque" in Istanbul by unknown Fritz .......... (private coll) .
He then was sent and returned to Constantinople to work as a missionary among the Jews, the Armenians and German colony in Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire. In 1843 he founded the “Deutschen Evangelischen Gemeinde” in Istanbul. He had a career as a missionary in the Orient for close to 50 years and became famous for translating the Old Testament into Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews (based on Old-Spanish and Hebrew) who after being expelled from the Iberian region (Spain, Portugal, South of France) in great numbers had come to live in the Ottoman Empire, Palestine being one of its provinces. W.G. Schauffler was a woodturner and instrument maker by profession, like his father Philip Frederick Schauffler who was married to Carolina Henrietta Schuckart from Stuttgart in the kingdom of Würtemberg (then a duchy). With his family of 5 children he lead a company of some 400 souls emigrating from Germany to Odessa in South of Russia in 1804 to arrive in 1805. He also lived and worked in Vienna to return to the USA in 1877.

In 1886 her father Henry Schauffler and Clara Hobart founded Schauffler College in Cleveland which started as a mission to Bohemian immigrants and women interested in religious education and social work. After his first wife Clara Eastham Grey (1842-1883) who bore him 9 children, had died in 1883 Henry Schauffler in 1892 remarried the schools first teacher Clara Hobart. With her he got another three childern. In 1954, Schauffler College became the Schauffler Division of Religious and Social Work at the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology. It transferred to Defiance College in 1967.


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Friday, 27 October 2017

Else Zinkeisen and friends: around Hamburg Bellevue and Ausser Alster.

Today some more nice pictures of picturesque Hamburg, to be more specific of the beautiful surroundings of the Alster the 2 lakes in the heart of this great city.

Visit also my earlier posting on the Alster Ühlenhorster Fährhus with Margarete Braumullers iconic print of this location that was destroyed in the bombing and firestorms following Operation Gomorrha in 1943 with the rest of Hamburg and was never rebuild. (use the search option or follow the labels to this post) 

Helene Mass, View on the Alster and Jungfernstieg
 from the Lombardsbrücke Haltestelle 

To my surprise Helene Mass was in Hamburg too (and in Amsterdam !), I wonder if the two printmakers ever met, hard to believe they did not. Another recent discovery is Else Zinkeisen (before 1910) studied privately in Berlin with painter Franz Skarbina (1849-1910 !) and an even greater surprise is that Wally Peretz-Brutzkus, of whom we know so very little, also was Skarbina's student (as was Marianna von Buddenbrock btw). This will all be revealed in the upcoming book and later postings.
Ernst Eitner, "Monet of the North": Alster ferry on its way to Uhlenhorst.   

Arthur Illies: Alster ferry on its way from Uhlenhorst.   
The many districts of this big city that are spread around the Alster were interconnected with a steam ferry service in service again today.

Many bridges spanning the many canals and branches, the inner city of Hamburg is often compared to Amsterdam. 

This print, possibly of historic importance, was recently discovered and is showing the "Fernsicht Brücke". For a while however we wrongly assumed it might be the Eppendorfer-Winterhude bridge depicted below by Hamburg photographer-printmaker Bernhard Troch (1867-1924). 

Eppendorfer Brücke with horse and carriage 

Fernsicht Brücke 

With its companion bridge the "Krugkoppel Brücke" the "Fernsicht Brücke" it closes the circuit around the Ausser Alster in the north. It is seen looking into the "Rondeelkanal" and "Rondeelteich" a "Cul de sac" of the Ausser Alster  occupied by the villa's of Hamburg prosperous elite build in the second half of the 19th century.  

Fernsicht Brücke in 1892, entrance to the Rondeelteich
Both wooden bridges were build around 1890 and replaced in 1927/28 by concrete and macon work bridges still standing today. They give access to "Bellevue": Hamburgs posh district with grand villas and city palaces build and owned by the rich and influential. Compare living here with living around Central Park in New-York, around Tiergarten in Berlin or in the heart of London. 

View from "Fernsicht" 
The new Fernsicht Brücke shortly after completion in 1928 
Most interesting is also the horse drawn coach: "Kaiserliche und Königliche Post" connecting Hamburg with the world with a network of fast and modern designed coaches working in clockwork schedules until the steam engine took over.

Unknown painter Bruno Liedmann: Deutsche Post (eBay find)  

This also never before seen (not by me) and recently found in Hamburg print by Else Zinkeisen of whom my research learned she possibly was from a prosperous family of Hamburg city-centre chemists/pharmacists shows the entrance (Park Tor) to a park.  
Else Zinkeisen: Park Tor
The Hamburg Stadt-Park in Winterhude is not far away and it is also not far from the "Künstlerhaus" were she lived in 1930. I would love to receive more genealogical and biographical information concerning the Hamburg Zinkeisen family.

Helene Mass: Kinder im Park
Else Zinkeisen had two artistic cousins in Dresden and is remotely connected to the famous Scottish painting Zinkeisen sisters Anna and Doris who derive from  a Zinkeisen timber trading branch of the family. 
Arthur Illies: Alster Wiese
And this Else Zinkeisen print (below) that came to me through different channels could very well show the, or a, "Stadt Park" or Alster meadow although Else Zinkeisen traveled and created views of other places (like Munich). Before today she was mostly know and remembered for her views of river Elbe seen from the heights of Hamburg-Altona.

More Alster and Hamburg in next posting.

Please send any information on Else Zinkeisen (27 aug. 1871 - prob. around or after 1934)

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Walli Peretz-Brutzkus: revisited

Before starting a new series of postings with some spectacular and rare prints from historic Hamburg I'ld like to share all the assembled bits and pieces of this  biographic puzzle of one of my favorite but enigmatic printmaking ladies. It has been three years since I posted an article about Walli Peretz. I'ld like to thank co-researcher Hannelore who recently found several new clues possibly giving new direction to answering this question: 

Who was Walli Peretz....? 

It is also a renewed attempt finding and acquiring a copy of this print: "Poppies in a blue vase". New examples of work are also very welcomed.    

Peretz-Brutzkus (Bruskus), Walli (“Frau Wulli”) (Moscow 01-10-1884 - last mentioned in Dresslers Kunsthandbuch 1930).

Painter, printmaker and sculptor, said to have come to Germany from Russia (Moscow) in 1918. Studied with Franz Skarbina (1849-1910) (who taught anatomical drawing in Berlin “Kunstgewerbe Museum”) and with classical historian Otto Seeck* (1850-1921). She is known (to me) by 4 woodblock prints of which three are floral still-life: Sunflowers, Physalis (Chinese lantern), Poppies all prints in a modernist style and one showing a Russian farm. “Walli” is the German equivalent for  the name Valeria, “Valya” the Russian equivalent. The flower prints are all signed “Walli Peretz”.
* Otto Seeck is known for his 6 Volume:  “Geschichte des Untergangs der antiken Welt” (History of the Decline of the Ancient World).

Dresslers KHB 1930: “Frau Wulli Peretz-Bruskus”: Berlin NO, Greifswalderstraße 89a. Member RvbK.

According to Thieme-Becker Algemeine Künstler Lexicon an illustration by
Walli Peretz appeared in color on the title page of:
"Zeitschrift DAHEIM"
Nr. 8: 19 november 1927 and probably featured in an article with an interview.

Genealogy of a Palanga-Moscow Brutzkus family:

Brothers David Brutzkus (1845-1906) and Yosef Brutzkus in 1878 moved from Palanga (Polangen) Kurland (Courland, Russian governorate in Russian Empire, now Lithuania) to Moscow running a business in amber (fossilized resin, “Bernstein”) and later in leather. I could find no offspring of Yosef while David fathered 8 children. 

It could well be the brothers were active in both Palanga, where amber was found and products locally manufactured by Jewish artisans, and Moscow because we find a son Yoel Brutzkus born in 1885 in Palanga, not in Moscow. From 1882 when the “May-Laws” were instituted and effective for 30 years, tens of thousands of Russian Jews were expelled from Russia many of them moving to Berlin. The Brutzkus family was banished from Moscow by Grand Duke Sergei Aleksandrovich in 1891 and were forced to move to Warsaw although children were often allowed to study in the Academies of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Palanga or Polangen is a small sea-side resort and village in the Baltic (now Lithuania, then under the law of the Russian Empire). It was with Königsberg a centre of the amber trade (fossilized resin used in jewelry, decoration and articles like pipe-stems) along the “Amber Road”, since ancient times the trade route between finding and production places to markets in Scandinavia, the South of Europe, Venice, Turkey and the Middle East to Persia. 

From the mid 19th century Russia became the largest market for amber and its products. In the 18th century the Baltic area had became a safe heaven for Europenan and Russian Jews. Palanga and the Amber trade and related crafts were decribed in the travel account of a 1827 journey made to St. Petersburg by Italian-British physician, writer and traveler Augustus Bozzi Granville (1783-1872): Palanga counted 1400 inhabitants of which 600 were Jews. Most of them prosperous. It was also a popular sea side resort for all Lithuanian and Baltic Jews. 

Amber was in use as jewelry, smoking pipes and in a rough variety as basis for varnish. It is/was found on the beaches of the southern Baltic Sea after strong westerly winds and also in superficial strata as well as in coal pitts: Up to 150-200 tons per year was produced, amber having a very low density of 1.10 (= exceptionally light) allowing it to float in salt water.

- Moritz Behr Brutzkus (b. around 1850): trader in amber in Berlin and Königsberg: see below. He could be related with David and Yosef Brutzkus. In 1845 a David Behr Brutzkus (aged 54, b. around 1791) lived in Palanga, probably the son of Behr Rachmiel Brutzkus (b. 1751). They are listed in the 1845 “8th Rekrutenverpflichtung” listing all male inhabitants with their age for taxing reasons.
-  Abraham Naum Kahn, amber trader from Palanga living in Moscow 1885
- David and Yosef Brutzkus, brothers and amber traders from Palanga living in Moscow since 1878.

Sergei Aleksandrovich Romanov (1857-1905) was the 5th son of Tsar Alexander-II and younger brother of Tsar Alexander-III who preceded Nicolas-II. He was in service as the impopular and hated Governor-General of Moscow responsible for the expulsion of 20.000 Moscow Jews and murdered by bombing in 1905.

May-Laws: Temporary regulations regarding the Jews (also known as May Laws) were proposed by minister of internal affairs Nikolai Ignayev and enacted on 15 May 1882 by the Emperor Alexander III. Originally, regulations of May 1882 were intended only as temporary measures until the revision of the laws concerning the Jews, but remained in effect for more than thirty years

Berlin-Charlottengrad: Expelled and banished during WW-I and after the 1917 revolution some 63.500 Russian Jews settled in Berlin mostly around the Kurfurstendam, Berlin-Charlottenburg bringing their businesses, shops, schools, universities  etc…  . With the rize of the Nazi regime from 1933 many later travelled to Paris, New-York and Palestine. A century later this part of Berlin houses 200-300.000 Russian speaking inhabitants and again is knicknamed Charlottengrad.

David Brutzkus (1845-1906) trader in amber married 1868 in Palanga (Kurland) Pessia Kohn. According to genealogical information they had 8 children of which I so far have been able to trace 7 in my research: Julius (1870), Boris (1874), Sergius (-), Margalit (-), Elena (1887), Yoel (1885), Sophia (-). A possible 8th child: Walli (Valeria/Valya) (Moscow 1884).

1) Dr. Julius Davidovich Yehuda Brutzkus (Palanga 1870-1952 Israel). Historian, scolar and politician. In 1923 he served as Minister for Jewish Affairs in the Lithuanian Parliament and was elected to the Lithuanian Parliament in November 1923.
Brutzkus was an ardent Zioninst and encouraged Jews to engage in political action and self-defense.
2) Prof. Dr. Boris Davidovich (Dov Ber) Brutzkus (Palanga 1874 – 1938 Jerusalem). Economist and professor 1907-1922 in St. Petersburg and Leningrad and at Jerusalem Hebrew University his wife Emilia Osipova-Brutzkus (1873-1952) and their three sons were expelled from Russia in 1922 then moved to Berlin, in 1933 fleeing Nazi Germany to Paris and from there emigrated 1935 to Israel. Two of his sons became leading architects in Israel like his brother in law Shlomo Gepstein (married to his sister Margalit). 
3) Dr. Yoel Davidovich Brutzkus (Palanga/Polangan- Kurland 1885 - 1948(?) Tara (Omsk/Siberia Russia). Mentioned born in Palanga while his father is mentioned to have moved/started  business to Moscow in 1878. Lithuanian Hebrew teacher. Studied mathematics and physics at Moskou University and was as a student actively involved as a Zionist. During WW-I active in Yakupo center helping Jewish refugees from Russia. Taught 1928-1940 physics and mathematics in Kaunas (Kovno) Hebrew Schwabe Gymnasium. Zionist and member of Lithuania cultural centre “Tarbut” and of the central Zionist committee.  Married 1927 Anne Pieseliewicz who taught German language, since 1922, at Schwabe Gymnasium. After the occupation of Lithuania and closure of the Kaunas Gymnasium he taught at Kaunas “Shalom Aleichem” Yiddish Gymnasium, but soon after in 1942 arrested and transported to Siberia where he perished in 1948.
4) Margalit Brutzkus (d.1952) married to architect Shlomo Gepstein (Ukraine 1882 – 1962 Tel-Aviv) who was trained at St. Petersburg Art Academy.
5) Sergius Brutzkus, emigrated at some point (well before 1922) to New-York, America.
6) Elena Brutzkus (Moscow 24-08-1887 – USA ?) married Moscow 14-06-1917 Leo Lazarovitsch Posner (1888 – 1946 USA). “Shortly thereafter they went on their honeymoon. They took the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostok, then they took a ship, such as the Iki Maru, one of Japan’s international ferries, across the Sea of Japan to Yokohama, Japan. Because of the Bolshevik Revolution, Leo and Elena were never able to return to Russia. They lived in Yokohama for five years. On April 1, 1922, they and their 2 1/2 year old son, David (b. 1919), boarded a Chinese steamship, the S.S. Nanking, bound for San Francisco. Seventeen days later, on April 17, they landed at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay. Soon after, they boarded a train to the East Coast. They settled in Brooklyn, New York, to be near Elena’s brother, Sergius Brutzkus who sponsored them so that they could become Americans”.
7) Sophia Brutzkus.

(8 ?) Walli (Valeria/Valya) Brutzkus (Moscow 1884). For registration in Dresslers Kunsthandbuch 1930 she would herself have given specifics like place and date of birth.

A possible clue: 
From the Yad Vashem archive: Valya Peretz, “dr. of Davyd” lived prior to WW-II in Vitebsk, Belorussia (USSR). During the war she was in Dergachi (USSR) according to a list of residents and evacuated persons in 1942 and the Central Database of Shoah Victims. She could be identical with Wulli Peretz-Brutzkus.

In Vitebsk well known Jewish Lithuanian painter Joeri (Jehoeda) Pen (1854-1937) since 1896 ran a private Jewish Art School (“Zeichenschule”) acting as Russias centre of Jewish art education and that was allowed to function even after the 1917 Revolution and still active until 1937 when Pen was murdered in his home. Marc Chagall, Ossip Zadkine, El Lissitsky and many others later famous artists studied here.


Rosa Wolbe-Brutzkus in Berlin:

Moritz Behr Brutzkus married Jenny Aronsohn. He is mentioned an official in the “Königliche Bernsteinwerke” (Royal Amber Company) in Königsberg the family living alternatively in Königsberg (1902) and Berlin Charlottenburg (1913) as a tradesman (in amber and products).
- Rosa Brutzkus (Königsberg 20-07-1882 – 15-08-1942 murdered Riga) married Berlin professor Dr. Eugen Wolbe (Berlin 06-04-1873 – 22-09-1938 Berlin-Tiergarten), a gymnasium teacher since 1904, publicist and autograph-collector. He was from a Berlin Jewish family and was forced to resign and stop working by the Nazi’s in 1933. In Berlin Tiergarten in 2003 a memorial plague was placed commemorating him and his colleagues from the “Fichte Realschule”. 

- Bianca Hedwig Brutzkus (Berlin 25-01-1878 – 18-07-1920 Berlin) married Berlin-Charlottenburg 14-10-1902 Bernhard Saenger (19-07-1861 Sagar – d. before 18-07-1920) attorney at law in Berlin-Charlottenburg (1902). He was the son of Elias Davids Saenger (Retowo 1833 – 22-05-1916 Berlin-Charlottenburg) cantor in Charlottenburg (1902) and Cäecilie Kohn.

Another member of the Brutzkus family from Palanga:

Berta Brutzkus (Palanga/Polangen 01-05-1887 – 12-08-1965) married German-Russian Communist Jakob Reich (his first marriage) (1886-1955 New-York). She studied medicin from 1904 in Switzerland (promotion in 1912). Exiled in Zürich their daughter Hanna (08-04-1914 –  17-03-1992) was born. Until 1915 she worked as pediatrician in Zurich University Clinic and 1915-1918 in a refugee camp in Austria. 1920-31 as physcian in Berlin, and from 1924 with the Russian Trade commitee. In 1929 she joined the KPD and worked as a specialist in the Sovjet Union from 1931, since 1943 in the Ministry of Health. In 1949 she returned to Germany. 

All help identifying Walli Peretz-Brutzkus is welcomed. For the reader that can  help me find and and acquire a Poppies print I can be very generous.

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