Three works of Angelika Hoerle
Q & A
Anton Raderscheidt’s Wives
I came across your website while researching a couple of prints I have inherited signed 'Gisele Raderscheldt'. The prints are stamped 'Nachlass Anton Raderscheldt'.
However, I can't seem to find anything on 'Gisele'. Have you ever come across this name in your art research? Rebecca Russell, New Zealand
Anton Raderscheidt and his first wife, the artist Marta Hegemann, were about the best friends anyone could have. When their friend Angelika Fick Hoerle became ill with tuberculosis and her husband Heinrich and ‘friends’ deserted her, Anton and Marta stayed by her side.
Life being what it is, fraught with triumphs and tragedies, Angelika died at 23 years of age and Anton left Marta and children behind. Anton left with Ilse Salberg, a well-to-do Jewish married art patron.
During the Nazi era, Anton experienced great difficulties because of Ilse’s Jewish heritage. However, with luck, friends and connections, he eluded death. Ilse, an accomplished photographer, died shortly thereafter of cancer.
Anton's third wife and mother to more of his children (he had had two with Marta) was Gisele Ribreau who he met in 1948. The website www.raederscheidt.com doesn't say when they married. As Anton had a stroke in 1967 and to the best of my knowledge, Gisele was not an artist, I'm guessing that she signed some of his late works between 1967-70. You'd have to describe the subject matter of the works to try to pinpoint the decade in which they originated.
The good news is that I have some connections with Anton’s first family (Marta Hegemann’s son Johannes is still alive and very ‘peppy’ at 89 years of age) and the grand-daughter MAF Raederscheidt, a fantastic artist in her own right, who makes videos on artists for the "Rheingalerie" at www.center.tv (with her partner Stephan Everling). I will ask her for more information about Gisele. My hunch is that you’ve lucked into some Anton Raederscheidt works.
Horse and Rider
Still Life Aquarell
Still Life Linocut
Angelika (Fick) Hoerle • 1899 ~ 1923
Angelika Hoerle ~ closed exhibition at Museum Ludwig
Angelika's Promise and recent exhibiton at the AGO
Angelika Hoerle: Comet of Cologne Dada
Where are the originals?
These Angelika Hoerle works were reproduced in Bulletin D, Stupid 1 and Die Schammade, but where are the originals?
Help us to find the originals for the 2009-2010 Art Gallery of Ontario Exhibition, titled Angelika Hoerle: Cologne Comet of Dada
We know where almost all of her extant works are. Join the sleuthing to find the remainder.
Angelika Hoerle's Gravesite
Angelika Hoerle died of tuberculosis Sept 9, 1923. ~ read more
Angelika Hoerle's pen and ink drawing which appeared in Bulletin D in 1919 is in the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. I saw it there July 2007.
The cracked bangs of "Reiterin's" over-bosoomed female ironically represent a somewhat ludicrous or 'cracked' woman. An unnamed contemporary critic described Angelika’s humour in "Reiterin" as simultaneously grotesque and graceful, laconically and sparsely rendered as if to echo Paul Klee. Angelika does accomplish a great deal with very spare use of line. The "Rider" has machine-like pivot points, a snout like a horse, an ear hinted at with a strand of hair and flowing pubic hair. She wears AH's initials like a necklace but in no way represents her. The reinless rider has such a look of stupidity about that Angelika surely meant to spoof upper-class women who were riding along dependent upon their ample female wares without grasping hold of the future that the recently won right to vote had given them.
In contrast to the stunned rider, the very focused Angelika Hoerle did a great deal in 1919. She worked with Heinrich Hoerle and Max Ernst on the special edition of the Sozialistiche Republik newspaper to get out the vote. She collaborated with Anton Raederscheidt, Peter Abelen and Franz Wilhelm Seiwert on an edition of linocuts that honoured assassinated left-wing politicians. She participated in the Gesellschaft der Kuenste exhibition at the Cologne Kunstverein. Angelika, unlike "Die Reiterin" was no stupified female riding bare-assed without direction.
Angelika Hoerle: Comet of Cologne Dada
She was a compatriot of Max Ernst, wife of Heinrich Hoerle, friend to Marta Hegeman and Anton Raderscheidt, three of her works were purchased by Katherine Dreier to be memorialized in Yale’s Societe Anonyme Collection. She was dead of tuberculosis by 23 years of age. My great-aunt Angelika Fick Hoerle was a political activist whose art crossed styles and whose passion to make positive changes in society did not die with her. To prepare for an exhibition of her works at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2009-2010 I am looking to find EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT HER. To do that, I’m willing to share what I know about her and Cologne dada. Join with me on the voyage of discovery.
Photo above of young Angelika, me, at my uncle Willy Fick's atelier in Cologne.
It was taken summer 1967. I think it shows why uncle Willy saw me as a
reincarnation of his sister Angelika Hoerle.
Fate and the Three Angelikas
On a recent trip to Cologne I was fortunate enough to visit with the 89 year old Johannes Raederscheidt, whose father and mother were sheltering angels to my great-aunt Angelika Hoerle. In the early 1920s when Angelika’s husband Heinrich and fair weather friends abandonned Angelika because she had tuberculois, Marta and Anton Raederscheidt stuck by her. ~ read more
Günther Limburg recently painted Angelika Hoerle with her husband Heinrich dominating the foreground. With what is known about Angelika, this is an apt portrayal. However, with the 2009 exhibition of Angelika's oeuvre at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she will finally emerge rightfully from behind his shadow.
Günther Limburg is a successful German artist whose works may be seen at www.art-in-cologne-guenther-limburg.de Guenther's current exhibition "Spurren" or "Traces" is in the Junker Haus in the Eiffel mountains outside Cologne, a place Angelika and Hoerle visited as a type of honeymoon outing in June 1910. More about "Traces" later.
In Günther's words:
Angelika appears a little bit abstractly, I painted her as if she was about to vanish from this world. There is a black line to suggest her right shoulder and arm in a way as if she was standing. But there are also yellow lines which give the idea of a lying woman. Somehow I tried to show her in some state between health and illness, which is also underlined by her black eyes. Hints to Cologne are included in the Romanesque church windows and the bridge over the River Rhine which is still a very popular view at Cologne. H. Hoerle is shown in front of a throne, on which he would have liked to sit.
Angelika Hoerle links