(born 1875-1880 - died after 1930 probably in Berlin)
Graphic artist, arts & crafts artist, goldsmith and painter
As this blog is composed following my stream of consciousness the cats in before posting brought me to this very obscured and hardly known Berlin artist. She is only known (to me) by these two wonderful (1913) hand pulled lithographic prints of tigers and leopards. She may have seen them in nearby Berlin Zoo (Tiergarten). These prints managed to remain united for over a century.
Very little is known about Helene Ady. My research into her biography learned she lived at various addresses (1900-1930) in Berlin-Schöneberg, stayed unmarried and was known as "Zeichnerin" and "Malerin" (drawer and painter) and was mentioned in the correspondence of Ludwig Detmann. Detmann participated in the Berlin Secession and acted as teacher at the VdBK's drawing school teaching also Helene Mass, Margarethe Hoenerbach, Emmy Meyer and Martha Unverhau. Unless there existed 2 Helene Ady's, at the same time, she is also mentioned working as a goldsmith and arts & crafts artist.
Looking at the Ludwig Jungnickels 1905 tigers print I think Helene may have been inspired by him: is it the same pair of tigers ?
Any help finding more facts about her life and family history and knowledge about other works by Helene Ady are very welcomed..... (as are any offers of her work) ......
PS: As there were very few Ady family members found in the old Berlin address books and Ady is a much more common family name in Hungary, Helene Ady might be (distantly) related to Hungary's most important 19th century poet Endre Ady (1877-1919).