(Magdeburg 04-05-1909 – 07-05-1958 Hamburg)
Painter, bookplate and printmaker.
Also known as Lotte Wegel, Charlotte Hilmer actually does not fit my proper field of research criteria: German pioneering printmaking women-artists born before 1900. But bending the rules sometimes can be irresistible and like in this case very rewarding. So here's her short biography by the bits and pieces I was able to find so far.
Illustrating this post by a choice of examples of her work. I stumbled upon her four 1939 expressionist woodblock prints of the isle of Sylt (Germany's most Northern North-Sea island and holiday retreat) by chance. The were created the year she (30) married artist Arnold Hilmer, maybe on her honeymoon.
|Robert Breyer: Sylt 1941|
Eve's posture, in Charlotte's Adam and Eve woodcut, reminded me of two Rembrandt women, a small etching in Teylers Museum and Susanna and the Elders from the Mauritshuis Museum collection, both in the Netherlands. Charlottes portraits and nudes resemble closely the works that her husband created, some of them are known to show his wife (below).
From 1941 she painted mainly landscapes in watercolor and oil and made travels to Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy.
|Hamburg: am Dom (at the fair)|
|Family on the beach: probably Sylt|
All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only.