Thursday, 18 July 2013

Dagmar Hooge (1870-1930) - Woodcuts

Woodcut print - Boats at Rest c1915?

I just had to own this print - I saw it, I liked it and know someone else will share my love of such a evocative scene. So much movement in a scene of utter stillness !! Boats at anchor or perhaps becalmed, not sure. An evening or morning light ? and just a light breeze to ripple the surface of the water, breaking up the foreground into shimmering reflections. Very impressionistic.

It is signed and number - the signature ?? seemed to read Dagmar Hooge ? - not a name I was familiar with and I wondered why not. Was this a lucky one off, an artist's "tour de force" or the work of a minor artist who talents have just slipped through the critical and commercial net?

Perhaps only a minor artist in terms of lasting legacy but clearly not in talent. She was born in Hamberg in 1870 and studied art at the Schule des K√ľnstlerinnen-Vereins, Munich. from c1905.

After completing her studies she moved to Berlin, where she shared a flat the her sister Helene and established a friend ship with the graphic artist Kathleen Bagot (1890-1925), whose was married to the influential modernist artist Georg Tappert (1880-1957) - see right.

Some Exhibition record noted for the period c1905-20;
1906 - Internationalen Kunstausstellung Bremen
1907 - Group Exhibition - Kunstverein in Hamburg,
1908 - Deutschen Kunstausstellung
1912 - Group Exhibition - Kunstverein in Hamburg

Oddly, after searching the internet for other works - the greatest concentration, is here in the UK and contained within the collection of the Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, who have at least 4. All still life studies, Anenomes, Nesturiums, Daisies and Roses. Staple subject of many woodcuts by artists such as John Hall Thorpe, Thomas Todd Blaylock, Eric Slater or Arthur Rigden Read. We have seen them all before, technically excellent, very of the moment but for me, a little soul less.

Give me the boats every time, in fact I have had it hanging on the wall at home, pretending to be stock in storage !! Sadly now time to move it on, so I will be exhibiting it at the next Antiques For Everyone and the NEC Birmingham 25th-28th July, 2013 - CLICK HERE for free tickets.


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