Erika Abels d'Albert

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Erika Abels d'Albert (professional name of Erika Abels) (November 8, 1896 in Berlin – 1975 in Paris) was an Austrian painter and graphic artist.

Life and work[edit]

Erika Abels d'Albert was the only child of Dr. Ludwig Wilhelm Abels, a well known Viennese art connoisseur and writer who edited a satirical magazine. Her mother, Anna Emilie Mewes, was from the Berlin area.

Abels d'Albert received a private education in Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1911/12 she studied with Irma Duczynska and in 1912/13 with Felix Albrecht Harta.[1] She decided early to become a professional artist: at the age of 16 she participated in a group show[2] (contributing portraits, nudes, still lifes and fashion designs). In subsequent years she participated in exhibitions at various galleries, at the Imperial and Royal Museum of Art and Industry (today the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art), at the Temple of Theseus in the Volksgarten and at the Vienna Künstlerhaus. In 1930 she took part in the exhibition of the Austrian Association of Women Artists.[1]

Between 1933 and 1935 she emigrated to Paris. She showed works in 1935 in the Gallery Gregoire Schustermann and in 1938 in the Salon d'Automne. After this her artistic activities are unknown.

Erika Abels d'Albert died poverty-stricken in Paris in 1975.

We know almost nothing about Abels d'Albert's oeuvre. She painted portraits, still lifes and nudes. There are only 3 works by her known to be extant in the original. The Vienna Museum owns her oil painting Strassenbahnschaffnerin from 1919, and in the Albertina are a charcoal drawing, Kopf einer Frau in mittleren Jahren (1924), and a chalk drawing, Sitzender Rückenakt (1921). Works by her occasionally appear on the market.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gabriele Koller and Gloria Withalm, Die Vertreibung des Geistigen aus Österreich: Zur Kulturpolitik des Nationalsozialismus, Zusammenstellung der Ausstellung von der Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Jänner/Februar 1985, Vienna: Zentralsparkasse und Kommerzialbank, 1985, OCLC 467907964, p. 175 (German)
  2. ^ Biblos 45 (1996) p. 156 (German)
  3. ^ Erika Abels d'Albert at artnet.de.

Sources[edit]

  • Franz Planer. Das Jahrbuch der Wiener Gesellschaft: Biographische Beiträge zur Wiener Zeitgeschichte. Vienna: Planer, 1929. OCLC 257558256
  • Heinrich Fuchs. Die österreichischen Maler der Geburtenjahrgänge 1881-1900. Ergänzungsband zu Die österreichischen Maler des 19. Jahrhunderts. Volume 1: A-L. Vienna: Fuchs, 1976. OCLC 463109834.
  • Elke Doppler-Wagner. Blickwechsel und Einblick - Künstlerinnen in Österreich. Aus der Sammlung des Historischen Museums Wien. 256. Sonderausstellung des Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien in der Hermesvilla. 2000. OCLC 44460255

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This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.