Sunday, 24 July 2011

Eva Roemer

(This posting has been extended and updated July 29th, August 3th and Sept. 16th)
Eva Roemer 
German painter and woodblock printer 
Great grand-daughter of Fanny Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Fanny Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
Eva's great-grandmother.

Sharing some wonderful new finds I continue and humbly "re-blog” some of Clive’s (Art and the Aesthete) text. All is said here about Eva Roemer’s artistic qualities, and there’s really nothing I could add besides concluding, according to the genealogy, Eva Roemer probably never married and that she favoured the color blue.

"Eva Roemer was an exceptionally talented artist who specialized in woodblock printing, although she also had a great deal of success in her native Germany with paintings. She was a native of Berlin who came from a very successful artistic background. 
Her father was the sculptor Bernardt (Willhelm Erdmann)  Roemer (also Römer, 1852-1891) who exhibited widely in the salons of Germany and Austria. Eva was a student in both Berlin and later in Hamburg. She traveled throughout Italy, and Holland as well as extensive travels throughout the U.S., however it was the Asian influences that I think I had such a longterm effect on her artistic output. 
Frühlingabend am Badansee (see below)
Her woodblock prints have a softness that I particularly like, and despite the softness her works have a strength of imagery. Her landscapes utilize the classic Japanese composition and aesthetic, which I love. There is a near smokiness to her watercolor images because of the use, and the end result is wonderful".
So far for Clive's text and pictures.
The tree on the lake print is called "Fruhlingsabend am Badansee". Probably (most likely) this should read Badinsee, or Lake Badin in Carolina USA. It was constructed in 1917 and hopefully this would fit with Eva's alledged travels in the USA.

Here is some new found information and some new examples of her woodblock prints. And I recently discovered Eva Roemer was the great-granddaughter of Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1805-1847) the favorite older sister of composer, pianist, organist etc... Felix (1809-1947). Fanny herself an acknowledged pianist and composer.
Fanny  Mendelssohn 
and Wilhelm Hensel

Fanny Mendelsohn-Bartholdy married painter to the Imperial Prussian court Wilhelm Hensel (1794-1861). He painted his famous brother in law (below).
Their son Sebastian Ludwig Felix Hensel (1830-1898), entrepreneur and landowner was born in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad).
Felix Mendelssohn-Barholdy
 by his brother in law Wilhelm Hensel

He was the father of Fanny Hensel (1857-1891) who married sculptor Bernardt Willhelm Erdmann Roemer (or Römer, above), Eva’s father. Fanny’s brother Kurt Hensel (1861-1941), Eva’s uncle, was an important German mathematician. 

Eva’s sister Ilse Roemer (1887-1954) married archeology professor Fritz Weege (1880-1945).

Statue by Bernardt Roemer
Eva's father
the only example of his work  I could find.
During the 19th and early 20th century universities and schools of Germany were littered with learned men, professors, bankers and artists all descendants of important, enlightened, fertile  and prolific German philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786), Felix and Fanny's grand-father. Son of Mendel Dessau, hence the "Mendels'sohn" family name
Moses Mendelssohn (1727-1786)
Indeed a very successful, artistic, influential and interesting family that rose to great heights from a very poor Jewish Torah-scroll writer namend Mendel Dessau, living around 1720 in Dessau.  

These 3 lake side prints seem to have been composed from the same viewpoint and obviously belonged together. 
With thanks to:
Thomas Treibig in Berlin, who has on offer these last three land/lakescape prints (with some glass reflections) by Eva Roemer in his Gallerie "Schöne Dinge": and from whom's stock and collection I shall reveal some more great and unknown prints shortly.

Clive Christie (Art and the Aesthete):

Two pictures (Flowers and Frühlings-abend am Badinsee are from) 


  1. I must have come across hr on Clive's but those last three woodcuts you posted are striking.

    You don't say how you are going to access work from Schoene Dinge.

  2. Thank you Charles, I thought you would like these. People interested in these rare prints can get in touch with Thomas using the link and email adress from his website. And there's more to come soon.

  3. gerrie,

    I love Roemer, also because she used to live and work in my area. The top one of the prints offered by Thomas Treibl is my favourite: it is definitely a scene from the Ammersee-region. I phoned him straight away but - alas!- it is not exactly cheap..

    But thanks for showing them anyway!

    greetings from Germany,


  4. Hello Klaus, good to hear from you. I think they are pretty rare and they obviously belong(ed) together. So I guess they are priced accordingly. The top one is my favourite too, and to console you a bit: they are above my budget too.

  5. Yes, Gerrie, that is a bit of a comfort. Thomas also told me on the phone that his prints are pretty large- much bigger than the one with the sailing boats and the tree in the foreground, for example. So I guess you're right when saying that they are priced correctly.


  6. Klaus, in case you read this. My email is returned to me because your email box is full (exceeded storage or something)

  7. Hii, Gerrie, I am new to your blog but am delighted to find it. I think I may have found a color woodblock print by Eva Roemer here in Northern Virginia across the river from Washington, DC. Let me know how I can share images of it and the signature as well as the other two prints found with it by T. Prescher.

    1. This is nice news ! And yes please send pictures for my archive and for sharing. You'll find my email also underneath the contact button:

  8. I found an Eva Roemer original here in Washington State. When I found it, I fell I love with it. I didn't care what the price was. Realizing I had found an original art piece that was of superior quality, I bought it. The $4.99 I paid to the Goodwill here was definitely a steal. I only discovered years later who she was and what I had stumbled upon. I would send you photos of it if you would like. Email me at

    1. Please do send images to