Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Elisabeth Consentius (updated 26th june 2010)

Elisabeth Consentius
(Berlin, 20/6 1878 - 1936)
German woodcut printer and painter

Only 5 prints I managed to find by early German printer Elisabeth Consentius. The vase with flowers, numbered 1/30 and dated 1916, was exhibited in the "Münchener Jahresausstellung" in 1916, in the "Grosse Berliner Kunstaustellung" in 1917 and in the "Kunstpalast" in Düsseldorf. Hopefully a better picture will emerge someday.  The above photo of this print, measuring 45 x 36 cm, (replacing the sad thumbnail that was here before) was very friendly send to me on request by Ketterer Kunst Auction Houses in Germany from their archive of past auctions. Here are some other examples.

She must have belonged to the earliest group of woodblock printing artists in Germany. I am very curious about where she was taught and trained and if more prints will show up. This last one, below, with the two horses titled  “Sommer” I found in gallery specialisised in Artwork with horses. Only 30 km from my house. If you are interested: it's for sale !

Do not hesitate sending me more information on her biography, other examples of her prints or better pictures. You can find my email adress in the profile.

Added 26th june 2010 this picture from the van der Grinten Collection


  1. I am ashamed to say either I didn't see this post or just don't remember it. The vase of flowers isn't entirely successful but the nettles must be unique.

    I note she is the same generation as Helene Mass. The Berlin Seccession members visited Dachau.


  2. I agree Charles, but this copy of the big flower bouguet has suffered I think. It is quite brave choosing a vase of nettles. And Who is who in the Dachau "Malerkolonie". Thiemann the woodblock goeroe was there at that time.
    Goethes cottage was also "in Schwung". Margareta Geibel (1876-)and Ellen Tornquist (1871-)did it too. All three born well before 1880, could we call them "belonging to the first generation modern printmakers".

  3. It was a well-established colony by the time Thiemann got there. Also Klemm was there for a while with him. People from the Berlin Secession had links with the artists there as well. I'm a bit vague about it all.


  4. Hi

    Here's another for your collection.

    Great blog by the way - I really appreciate you sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge.
    All the best


  5. Thanks very much Mike. This is a very nice print indeed. I've seen only a picture of this one in an old auction cataloque. It's very desirable, as seller knows, it's priced accordingly.