Today some more artists were “uploaded” (Victor Valéry, Bouqinistes-Seine) and: my small collection of prints by Moritz von Gruenewalt, German-Baltic printmaker. As a gift a PDF  version of his Catalogue Raisonnée (“Werkverzeichnis”) was shared. 

In the text you’ll find the announcement of the Catalogue Raisonnmée of the colour woodblocks (some 70) by Martin Erich Philipp. It will be made available on request soon.  

In summer “work “(stocking, filling the website) had to compete with the great outdoors. From next week the work will continue.  


Water color of wintery Pollards against a view towards an unidentified village. By unknown, obscured Dutch-German artist George Schulein. 

Initial research leading to a wealthy and influential Munich Jewish well known brewery family. 


It was perhaps arrogant to think “I must know them all, have  seen them all and collected them all”. I was proven wrong  when this  never before seen linocut Coltsfoot (Dutch: Klein Hoefblad, Latin: Tussilago Farfare, German: Huflattich) showed up locally. Today it came in.  It is reminding of prints by Swedish printmaker Maja Fjaested, the way they were created and executed gave very ry similar results. 


Almost a century after representation in the 1924 Wohlgemut and Lissner graphics catalog (with 9 others by her hand) and 75 years after her death this etching was acquired.   “3 Buchen” is also the name Rembrandt’s etching is known by. 

In 1938 Clara Epstein managed to escape Nazi persecution and since was known as a respected America artist. In 2010 she was awarded an article in an American (Indiana) cultural magazine. 


A pencil sketch/study of an academic standing nude by one of Hungary’s important female modernist painters Jósza Járitz (1893-1986)


July acquisitions (choice): 

1: Max Pietschmann, mezzotint etching 1903 exclusively published by the Studio.  

2: Huib Luns: 1920 lithographic print. “Jan Sluyters light”, IMHO as good, but more affordable).  

3: Casper Kouw: rare woodblock. Little known but one of the finest of Dutch printmakers (he was represented 1993 in “Der Frühzeit des Holzschnitts”, aka “van der Grinten collection”).

4: Unknown artist: “gravure bois”, most probably French. 


At last ! We are very pleased and content to be able to represent this forgotten and brave Jewish artist in this collection with the friendly help of Volker in Berlin who stands sympathetically towards and what this collection is trying to achieve: represent and document the first generation of brave, forgotten and pioneering graphic women artists. Although Käthe  Wagner  is not actually known as a woodblock printmaker she could not stay unmentioned and unrepresented in this collection.  

Thank you Volker !!


These two 1922 (so a century old) intimate lithographic prints by Dutch artist Huib Luns were acquired for the Nymphaeum collections (Classic Nudes). 


A recent acquisition is this intriguing impressionist oil painting. It is almost abstract but seems to possibly represent  “two passing streetcars (Straßenbahn) ” although that is just a free association since there was left no title. The artist is a not very well or generally known Vienna painter and graphic artist.  


This  “Astern” woodblock print was acquired for the collection.  It appeared in German eBay only yesterday. To this day I’ve never come across his name as a printmaker. He had an impressively long career as professor in Kassel Kunstgewerbeschule. Knowing he died, aged 64, in 1928 places this large modernist bouquet in a completely different light amidst the many flower bouquets of women artists in my collection. 


Amongst the recent acquisitions (women printmakers) were these Lilies by this not very well known (local) artist Luise Hoff found in an Etsy shop.  During last weeks more artists were uploaded, sections added etc…. However, progress stocking the website has slowed down a bit competing with the great out doors.


Read about Elise, with her la Giaconda smile, in the new entry (Guests and Friends) 


Found in an antiques and junk shop on a biking trip: portrait of a North African young man. By an unknown and unidentified artist. 


New acquisition and no clues to who might have created it. Yet. But to me this is not really of importance today. It was offered for a long time in eBay and nobody seemed interested enough to have not. Or make the seller an acceptable offer. As we call it: a “winkeldochter” (shop owners daughter). In this case the shop owner (a she ..) was more than happy to know the print found a welcome home. Print collectors do not like works by unidentified and unknown printmakers (which is food for thought). Besides: Size maters. It is quite possible its dimensions were working against it. It’s big: 28 x 44 cm. 

I havo no doubt some day another copy will surface telling us who made it. 

Its tittle would be “Alpenveilchen in turquoise Jugendstilvase”. It is highly decorative and artistically there’s absolutely nothing  wrong with. The name of maker  (male or female) without a doubt will surprise us. 


Today an article dedicated to the collection, the book and the new Website was published in regional  newspapers Leeuwarder Courant and Nieuwsblad van het Noorden


Found during a trip to Hamburg in Joachim Luehrs  Kunstaquariat at the Fleetinsel.  A wonderful copy of a 1974 bibliophile edition of Virgils Bucolica illustrated with 16 lithographic prints (several signed) by Robert Kirchner (1940-2009) in the tradition and style of French examples like Aristide Maillol. Edition of 1300 printed on hand made (“Büten”) papers.  Acquired in the Nymphaeum collection. Robert Kirchner was also known as “Klassiker der Modernen”. 


New: Gerd Schniewind: “Papagei - Probedruck”


A rare and colourful friend and company for the lonely Cockatoo was found and acquired for the collection. 


Gottlieb Teufel was one of the most promising (and awarded) young etchers in Germany when WW-I drew him  to Flanders Fields.  The horrors seen in the killing fields of Europe and because of his (mental) injuries he died young just 38 years old. He must have been a great admirer of Rembrandt (see his entry) while his etchings obviously were printed in very low edition numbers (5, 10) . 

Two of his etching were found, still together after a century, and recently acquired for the Nymphaeum collection with the help of the friendly seller. 

Collection novelty: Gillis van Oosten


Cagne sûr Mer 1954

Just irrisistable. This wonderful Mediterranean watercolour, reminding of Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse was created in the year I was born. It crossed my path by chance while busy stocking the Websites Index artists pages: arriving at D, a long and arduous task before me.  

Happy with the break, meeting this new-to-me artist and very content acquiring it for the collection. Affordable Fine Art.

Look up: Gillis van Oosten in the “Guests & Friends” artist Index. 

3 Graces by G.F. Watts


After a long wait and journey finally the long expected package from America came in. After a shamelessly long stay in Dutch Customs, without any apologies or message: such an  arrogant lot. 

After over a year of anticipation and waiting it finally arrived. And it was worth the waiting. Besides a rare (only copy ever seen) Else Schmiedeberg woodblock print and several other treasures it contained one of the finest and rarest works in my entire collection:  George Frederic Watt’s 3 Graces. You’ll find them in the Nymphaeum (exhibition under construction and filling)