Elfriede Abbe

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Elfriede Abbe
Elfriede Martha Abbe

February 6, 1919[1]
Washington, DC[1]
DiedDecember 31, 2012[1]
EducationCornell University
Known forSculpture

Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919–2012) was an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe created numerous hand-printed books, which she printed on a printing press in her studio.

Personal life and teaching[edit]

Sixth Day by Elfriede Abbe

Elfriede Abbe was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919.[2] She graduated from Cornell University in 1940,[3] earning a degree in architecture, and attended Syracuse University.[2] From 1942 until her retirement in 1974 she was an illustrator at Cornell.[3] After retiring from Cornell, she lived and worked in Vermont. She lived in Manchester[4] until her death in 2012. During her retirement, she published on art and natural history, continuing to produce artwork throughout her life.

Notable awards[edit]

Notable collections[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • Abbe, Elfriede. The Plants of Virgil's Georgics: Commentary and Woodcuts By Elfriede Abbe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965. ISBN 0-8014-0001-5
  • Abbe, Elfriede. Seven Irish Tales. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1957.[14]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. Mushrooms: Wood Engravings in Color. Elfriede Abbe, 1970.[15]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. How Prints Are Made. Manchester, Vt.: South Vermont Art Center Press, 1971.[16]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. An Introduction to Hand-made Paper. Manchester, Vt.: Southern Vermont Art Center Press, 1972.[17]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. The Fern Herbal: Including the Ferns, the Horsetails, and the Club Mosses. Ithaca: Comstock, 1981.[18]


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  2. ^ a b "Artist biographies" (PDF). Arizona Timebank. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe work on exhibit at Cornell's Kroch Library". Cornell Chronicle. 1996. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe". Printmaking. Frog Hollow. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
  5. ^ "Art". Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Carnegie Mellon University. Archived from the original on 2 July 2002. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Guide to the Elfriede Abbe Papers, 1840-2010". Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Cornell University Library. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Garden spice and wild pot-herbs". Watsonline. Thomas J. Watson Library The Catalog of the Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Seven Irish Tales". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  9. ^ "The city of Carcassonne". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Plants of Virgil's Georgics". National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  11. ^ "snap dragon". Botanical Art Database. New York Botanical Garden. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Liber amicorum : presented in honor of Ruth Mortimer, 1994". Archivegrid. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Fine Press". Yale University Library. Yale University. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  14. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1957-01-01). Seven Irish tales. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  15. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1970-01-01). Mushrooms: wood engravings in color. Elfriede Abbe.
  16. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1971-01-01). How prints are made. Manchester, Vt.: South Vermont Art Center Press.
  17. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1972-01-01). An introduction to hand-made paper. Manchester, Vt.: Southern Vermont Art Center Press.
  18. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1981-01-01). The fern herbal including the ferns, the horsetails and the club mosses. Ithaca [u.a.: Comstock Publ.

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