Johanna Kasimir-Hoernes (1887 - 1972)
Painter, etcher, and graphic designer Johanna (Tanna) Hoernes was born in Graz, Austria. She studied at the School for Women and Girls with Ludwig Michalek and at the Vienna Academy of Art with Wilhelm Unger, where she met her future husband, Luigi Kasimir. They were married in 1911 and worked collaboratively to develop the revolutionary technique of color etching. Each produced a substantial body of work, consisting largely of views based on their worlwide travels. Her work is highly prized for its exacting detail and realistic depiction of both the notable architectural subjects and natural landscapes that she and her husband observed in their travels. She died in Vienna.
Luigi Kasimir and Ernst Hanfstaengl
Etching and aquatint, 1911; edition not stated. Image size 15½” x 16¼”; sheet size 16½” x 17½”. The artist and her husband were married in the same year that this etching was produced; it was likely one of a very small edition, and depicts the gifted color etcher staring at his bride, while his publisher, Ernst Hanfstaengl, sits in profile browsing a handful of papers. For more information, lease refer to the Brier Hill Blog for our article Putzi & Luigi & Onkel 'Dolf. Signed in pencil by the artist in the plate margin. Ex-collection Hanfstaengl family.