Margaretha Barbara Dietzsch

Germany / 1726 - 1795
Bird, flower and fruit painter and etcher. Baptized Nuremberg 1726, died Nuremberg 1795. Youngest daughter of the painter and engraver Johann Israel (1681-1754). Student of her sister Barbara Regina (1706-1783), whose drawings are very similar; four brothers were also active in the field of flower and other natural history drawing.

The distinguished Dietzsch family numbered 2 women painted among its members. An elder daughter of Johann Israel, Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-83), mastered the art of flower painting in gouache, mostly for engravers. Her work was exact and linear, as one might expect of designs for engraving, but in her more ambitious flower pieces she exhibited a conservatism of approach which was fairly antiquarian. For all its charm, it showed that flower painting had begun to prey upon its own history; except in the hands of great masters, the genre was in decline. Margaretha Barbara Dietzsch (1726-95) painted, like her elder sister, flower portraits for engravers.
(from The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work by Germaine Greer; Google Books.)
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