(Hamburg 28-03-1869 – ?)
German painter, possibly printmaker.
|Havellandschaft mit Segler|
When facts and sources are scarce research means often following a path trying to prove your initial or working hypothesis wrong. Here's an example. Help of readers is much appreciated.
Hypothesis 1) the painter of the "Havellandschaft" is identical with: Martha Nothmann: Künstlerin tätig in Berlin (gest.1933) Mitglied 1911-1933 VdBK. (Archives of the “Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen” (VdBK)
Hypothesis 2) Martha Nothmann is identical with Martha Nothmann-Bender married to Jewish industrialist and art collector Berthold Nothmann see below (*).
Hypothesis 3) A woodblock print signed in German Sutterlin script (possibly) reads: M. Nothmann, 1928 (but with a different handwriting from the paintings signature).
Dresslers Kunsthandbuch 1921 mentions: Frau Martha Nothmann, M. (Malerin). Berlin W(ilmersdorf). Luitpolderstrasse 29. (Geboren) Hamburg 28.3.1869. (Member of the) VdK, WVB . The Luitpoldstrasse is near the Viktoria Luise Platz. A posh neighborhood were before WWII many artists lived.
According to Dresslers Kunsthandbuch 1921 Martha Nothmann was a neighbor of painter and graphic artist Dora Koch-Gotha-Stetter (1881-1968) who besides living in Ahrenshoop in summer (in the artist colony) with her husband Frits Koch-Gotta until WWII also had a studio and ran a private painting school in Luitpoldstrasse no.27 which was destroyed by bombing in 1944.
|Dora Koch Stetter (courtesy of Kunsthandel Koskull -Heubach)|
(*) Nothmann, Berthold (Langendorf Upper Silesia/Poland 27-12-1865 - febr. 1942 London). The son of plumber Heiman (Haim) Nothmann (1836-1911) and Amalia Riesenfeld (1834-1892) married 26-08-1894 Martha Bender.
|Paul Cezanne, owned by Berthold Nothmann.|
Berthold Nothmann was a successful entrepreneur (tube manufacturer) and art collector since 1911. After his retirement in 1931 he moved from Düsseldorf to Berlin-Wannsee (a broad bend in river Havel, see the painting above) devoting completely to collecting art. Max Liebermann also lived here overlooking the Wannsee (Villa Liebermann).
|Wannsee, drawing by Max Liebermann|
|Max Liebermann, owned by Berthold Nothmann|
|Adolph Menzel, owned by Berthold Nothmann|
|Paul Cezanne, owned by Berthold Nothmann|
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