Friday, 2 May 2014

Elfriede Jungk: another German printmaker from my list.

For those who have had the opportunity to have a look at my German Women Printmakers list* (see before posting): here's an artist I had mistakenly labelled as Swiss but only yesterday discovered she actually was born in, lived and worked in and probably closed her life in Berlin. Here's her entry in my GWP index. 

Jungk, Elfriede        (Berlin 29-05-1889 – 1954/1969 probably Berlin*)
---  Painter and printmaker. She studied in the “Zeichen und Malschule des VdBK” in Berlin and from 1912 was a student of Swiss alpine painter Hans Beatus Wieland (1867-1945) in Munich,  a popular and respected artist who was commissioned to make a very large panoramic painting of the Tirol Alps for the Chicago World Exhibition in 1893 and was a member of the Munich Secession. 
Elfriede Jungk was a member of the VdBK from 1915 to 1969(!) and of the“Darlehns- und Unterstützungskasse” in 1950 in Berlin. Also member of the “Berufsverband Bildender Künstler” and “Reichsverband Bildender Künstler Deutschlands (Berlin)”. She exhibited with the VdBK in 1926, 1939, 1940, 1956, 1958, 1967 and in Marburg University Museum (near Frankfurt) in april and may 1951. She is mostly remembered by her many realistic alpine paintings. 

* In recent auctions and publications the year of her death is repeatedly suggested to be 1954 or 1955. Membership and exhibition years  in the records of the VdBK in Berlin however suggesting 1969 might be a more plausible date.

Elfriede Jungk demonstrates that it would probably have been inevitable as a German woman artist/painter and born between 1860 and 1895 not to try at woodblock printmaking. Many of them did. Emil Orlik after all was around in Berlin and around him a group of enthousiast followers was spreading the gospel, the theory and practise of modern printmaking within the courses of the "Verein der Berliner Künstlerinen (VdBK)". I honestly do not believe Elfriede was among the most talented printmakers, she's by no way a Helen Maß or Else Schmiedeberg, but nevertheless: she tried. As early as 1912 when she is supposed to be in Munich (where of course also several skilled printmaking artists and teachers were active in the academy) studying with popular Swiss painter Hans Beat(us) Wieland according to the date attached to this print below:1912.

In these two pictures it is clear how she worked one of her paintings into a print but didn't bother to mirror the image before cutting the blocks.  

And two more examples of prints that I've scratched together from auction catalogues, galleries  etc..

I also found these pictures of the 1951 Marburg exhibition showing many of her alpine paintings. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only.

All pictures are mouse-clickable to embiggen.

1 comment:

  1. I think her work is lovely. I especially like the 2nd and 3rd ones. Your blog is such a joy!