O valleys wide, o heights, o beautiful green forest
thou attentive dwelling place of my joys and sorrows!
Outside, forever deceived, rages the busy world.
Embrace me for the last time with thy green ceiling.
|Walter Leistikow, Märkische Landschaft|
O Täler weit, o Höhen, o schöner grüner Wald,
du meiner Lust und Wehen andächtger Aufenthalt!
Da draussen, stets betrogen, saust die geschäftge Welt,
schlag noch einmal die Bogen um mich, du grünes Zelt.
Poem by Joseph Eichendorff (1788-1859) and Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy (1809-1849) wrote the music to the poem: Op.59, no.3
Painting above by Paul Vorgang (1860-1927). It's all coincidence of course but it is showing similar ideas very well and again how a really talented printmaker can "keep up" with a knife, with painting colleagues and friends with brushes, using such basic materials and technique.
Maß frequently chose cottages for her prints and although the surrounding province had of course countless of such dwellings I understand her teacher Walter Leistikow owned a summer cottage in Denmark, his painting below..
And this print by Gertrud Fabian (I'd never heard of her before last week) changed hands just the other day. Sadly not into mine, can't win them all, but the lucky buyer may contact me anytime for exchanging propositions. Besides the cottage it shows some resemblance to the prints by Maß, colors, chestnut and shadows. In Berlin a "Fabian, frau Oberregierungsrat" (the wife of a Berlin official) was named as friend and member of the Berlin Women Artists Association (Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen) in 1927.
Well this posting concludes the series of postings on Hélène Maß, most of her prints were shown in juxtaposition with the works of her teachers, contemporaries, friends and colleagues. Occasionally new and before not seen prints show up in auctions: I'll try keeping readers informed. Let me know if you've enjoyed by leaving a comment.
All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly and educational use only.