(Berlin 23-10-1870 – 1939 Berlin)*
German painter, sculptor and graphic artist.
After almost a century of darkness this wonderful artist finally has her deserved entry in the digital world.
Self at the painting easel
Every now and than I'm lucky to stumble over pictures of a past auction and meet an artist whom I otherwise probably never would have met. All too often these auction results and the pictures afterwards are sold only to be viewed online at a fee. This is of course very tempting and although I fully understand the commercial motivations I fundamentally try to avoid subscribing or using those sites.
I believe a connoisseur ("Gourmet, Feinschmecker") with a keen eye, some financial room for manoeuvre and a healthy feeling for a solid future profit bought them (all or most, they appeared in two succeeding internet online auctions). Recently I found them again: now offered for a ten fold of the earlier auction result ! If that is deservedly is up to you: but do I love them !
She received a second price in 1916 in a bookplate contest, but this one (right) is by Franz Stassen (1869-1949).
A Horst Kretschmann-Winckelmann lived at Kurfürstendam 126 in Berlin in 1926 and had a subscription to a philosophical magazine.
(bookplate for Horst Kretschmann-Winckelmann)
She was member of the VdBk ("Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen") 1901-1937 and board member 1927-1931 exhibiting in Berlin and Munich and with the VdBK 1901-1930. She is mentioned in most Artists Lexicons.
Caryatides in Hagen and from the Acroplis Temple in Athens
And a (very Maillol) Caryatide at her home in Hagen "holding up" the balcony.
She is possibly related to Lily (Braun-) Kretschmann (1865-1916) a feminist writer and daughter of Baron Hans von Kretschmann (1832-1899) and Jenny Auguste Frieda Karoline von Gustedt (1843-1903). Her sister Marie-Else von Kretschmann (1878-1920) was married to graphic artist and Secessionist Otto Eckmann (1865-1902).
All pictures borrowed freely from the internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only.