Margarete Geibel as a printmaker is forever attached to the Goethehaus in Weimar. She created dozens of the most wonderful prints. But furthermore she was one of the true pioneering German “Farbholzschnitt” souls and created many other prints, landscapes, winter- market- and village scenes and children. Her earliest dating in a colour woodblock is 1904. It was created around the same time Ethel Mars was doing “similar things” in Paris. They both betray the influence of the “Munich School of Printmaking” lead by Ernst Neumann. She has many admirers and because of that specialised collectors all over the world trying to complete their sets of these wonderful Goethehaus editions. I never came to “win one” in an auction, or any other. But the same goes for a handful of other artists … Norbertine Bresslern, Valerie Praschniker. It took until summer 2022 to be able to actually represent Martha Geibel with these prints in this collection but the waiting was awarded: these 4 early prints were obtained from an estate sale with the help of a friendly seller and are wonderful examples of her art and among the very finest and important in this collection.
I wonder where she could have witnessed this intimate family ritual. We know the name of her father, but not her mother’s or brother’s (who died in 1950). They could also be the children of a close friend.
The market scenes show the“Weimar - Gemüsemarkt” (vegetable market).
Margarete Geibel was one of the most prolific printmakers. Recently her “Werkverzeichnis” or catalogue Raisonnée was published by Joseph Fach Gallery in Frankfurt and composed by Angelika Mundorf a former museum director. The examples shared in this website with the prints actually represented in the collection are just to show some context and understanding of the artist as a printmaker are from my auction-sites and historical archive a….. They are also a personal choice. The Goethehaus series, well documented and researched are not included here.
Helene Ladstätter (1892 - 1970 Vienna)
Austrian printmaker. Although her identity (family) is still a mystery she is mentioned in an article in “the Studio Magazine” 1924, Vol. 87, page 136-137. Here she is mentioned (and praised) as “Miss H. Ladstätter”. In the article were also mentioned Dr. Emma Bormann (1887-1974) and a print entitled “Dorfstrasse”. She exhibited in 1939 together with printmakers William Giles (1872-1939), Yoshijiro Urushibara (1888-1953), Engelbert Lap (1886-1970) and others at Colnaghi Art Gallery in Bondstreet London. This firm in the 1920-30s had strong connections with the art business in America possibly explaining her prints surfacing in America. She is known by 4 (alpine) woodblock prints sold/auctioned in recent years in America and England.
She was probably a member of the “Verein für Bildende Künstlerinnen Österreichs” (VBKÖ) because in 1970 her obituary is kept in its archives
Exhibited 1947 in the Große Östereichische Kunstausstellung with (a.o.) Valerie Praschniker and Elfriede Miller-Hauenfels.
Dear print lover, passing-by visitor and reader:
While this new gallery-museum site is under construction (being build-up, stocked and arranged) priority must be given to first add all the represented artists in the index with works from the collection and if possible with the examples from the archives.
During construction the site is open to visitors, questions, feedback and suggestions.
Read more about the artists, their lives, families and careers in the new and extensive Artist Lexicon: “DAS HAUS DER FRAU, the short biographies” accompanying this exhibition.
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