Charlotte, Confusion, Coincidences or Clues ?
Last week I received a most interesting email from American reader Melanie. She'd found the information shared in this Blog on the illusive printmaker and Emil Orlik student Charlotte Rollius/Rollins (here*).
Melanie inherited (or came to own from the artists family) four oil paintings on wood panels. By Charlotte Rollins (signed Rollins not Rollius). With the email came also bits and pieces of information about the artist Charlotte Rollins. Which I now share here.
Charlotte Rollins(!), the painter, had arrived in America in 1919 from France with a ship, the ships manifest mentioning her profession as: teacher. Melanie has information she came from Paris (or le Mans (Fr.) and was from a wealthy or well to do (elite) family background. Shortly after arriving in the US in 1919 she had married a Hugh Rollins(!). They had a daughter Jacqulene Rollins and lived in Ohio. In 1923 Charlotte traveled with her daughter Jacqulene/Jacqueline for three months to France. This Charlotte Rollins was born 1892.
Melanie states: "in december 1923 Emil Orlik was in Ohio on a two months stay for a private portrait sitting".....
Still life by Emil Orlik (1870-1932)
was a Student of Emil Orlik (1870-1932) and worked closely with him on a work of art (woodblock print).
She is mentioned studying and working in Berlin 1905-1908 and 1910.
In 1912 (and 1913) she is mentioned, as Charlotte Rollius, in newspapers and exhibition catalogues in America concerning a large (traveling ?) exhibition with many great German artists (read the earlier blog-article).
In 1930 Charlotte Rollius is mentioned with the description of a print in a Chicago School Artists Society publication (which is confusing but it may concern a print created before her marriage.....)
Charlotte Rollius (the Berlin artist and Orlik's student) immigrated to America in 1919 and married a Hugh Rollins in New York.
What if Charlotte Rollins/Rollius and Emil Orlik (1870-1932) had kept contact with het teacher, maybe meeting in Paris and maybe resulting in Orlik's 1923 American trip (could they have travelled together ?)
In that case Malcolm Salaman' s referral/critic in his book "the Art of the Woodcut" of a woodcut by "Charlotte Rollins" could after all be correct because of her marriage in 1919 to Hugh Rollins.
Publication of these puzzling pieces in the Internet hopefully will result in solving the biography of Charlotte Rollius/Rollins. Eventually. All your help is very welcomed.