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Wednesday’s Woman … Gertrude Hermes

May 8, 2013

Gertrude Hermes (1901 -1963) was born in Bickley, Kent to German-born parents.  Her father was a designer and manufacturer of  textiles and her mother a painter.  She studied for a while at Beckenham School of Art and later spent some time in Munich; before studying at Leon Underwood’s Brook Green school of Painting and Sculpture. In in 1925 she won the Prix de Rome.  She was well known for the range and diversity of her work but it is for her lino and wood prints that I know of her.  

However,  I know little about her; but understand that her influences on her work included artists such as Brancusi, Gaudier-Brzeska and Leon Underwood, the tensions in her life and the natural world about her, such as plants,  fish and  birds). Many of her engravings were used to illustrate expensive volumes published by private presses; such as the one i have shown here.  

Images from The Alban goes out by Naomi Mitchison ; with wood-engravings  by Gertrude Hermes

English wood-engraving 1900-1950 by Thomas Balston

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2013 9:08 am

    Lovely !

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