Norbertine Bresslern-Roth

"'Norbertine Bresslern-Roth was a gifted artist from a very early age. Her studies began in elementary school and she was seen as extremely talented. In 1912 she won a silver medal in the City of Graz after a successful exhibition. From 1921-1952 Bresslern-Roth used the technique of linoleum cut to depict animals. Later she went on to illustrate children’s books and to create tapestries and ivory miniatures. Ten thousand people attended her 1952 exhibition in Graz."

"Norbertine Bresslern-Roth was born Norbertine Roth in Graz, Austria, in 1891, Bresslern-Roth was one of the pre-eminent linocut artists of the twentieth century, and one of the first to truly explore the possibilities of the medium. Her work had a profound influence on later linocut artists such as Lill Tschudi, while her own choice of subjects (chiefly animals and birds) and compositional style were influenced by the art of L. H. Jungnickel. Charles at Modern Printmakers has an excellent post on Bresslern-Roth, in which he is slightly dismissive of her as essentially an imitator of Ludwig Jungnickel, and while I think it is true that she derived a great deal from him, I do believe her work has its own strengths. Pre-eminent among these is her ability to capture a sense of motion and energy in a static image. "Kampf", her energetic depiction of a fight-to-the-death between a lobster and an octopus is a striking case in point.

Bresslern-Roth studied under Alfred von Schrötter at the Graz Academy, then under Ferdinand Schmutzer at the Vienna Academy, and finally at Hans Hajek's school for animal painting in Dachau. Norbertine Bresslern-Roth then returned to Graz, where she lived for the rest of her life. Although she had exhibited with the Vienna Secession from 1912... "
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Suzan Hamer


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