Wednesday’s woman wood engraver from Brazil …
Soon I will be going to Brazil. I am on a mission to have a list of women engravers, so we can visit the art galleries and museums with a knowing look. This is our fourth trip and visiting galleries are a joy. These images from Poetica da Resistencia aspectos da gravura Brasileira by Edith Bohring are not clear but nonetheless evocative; I am determined to find the originals.
I know little about Edith Behring (1916-1996) except that she is a Brazilian author, painter, printmaker and designer. She studied with Candido Portinari, Axi von Leskochek and Carlos Oswald. In 1953 she was awarded a government scholarship to study in Paris where she studied metal engraving with Johnny Friedlaender. Here, she held her first solo exhibition in 1955 at the Galerie Saint Placide. Back in Brazil in 1957, Edith taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, now the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage. She also set up the Workshop of Engraving at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in 1959 where she remained for the next ten years. It would seem that she continued to have solo exhibitions in South America and Europe until the late 1980s.
I really hope I will be able to find some more of her work while in Rio.