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Else Hertzer
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*24 November 1884 in Wittenberg; † 9 February 1978 in Berlin
German paintress and graphic artist
Else Hertzer belongs to the major representatives of German Expressionism. In 1909 Else Hertzer, nèe Hedwig Elsa Heintze, moves to Berlin, together with her husband Otto. Here, from 1910 on, she studies painting at the Society of Female Artists and Friends of Art, and at the Academy of Arts. From 1911 to 1913 on, she repeatedly stays in  Buttstädt (Thuringia), where she creates Expressionism-influenced oil paintings, as well as dry-needle etchings. From 1918 on, she is several times represented at exhibitions, i.a. at the Berlin Secession, the Jury-Free Art Show,  the Society of Berlin Female Artists, and also together with Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Lotte Laserstein and Jeanne Mammen. In 1929 she studies in Paris with the French painter and sculptor André Lhote. During excursions to the Fläming countryside, from 1930 on, she creates landscape paintings in various techniques. In 1947 she is a member of the advisory board to the art department of Berlin-Tiergarten, and together with Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, she in 1949 organizes the exhibition „The Winter, Seen by Artists and Children“ at Tiergarten district department. In 1953/54 she paints „Mazurka (Dance Around May-Pole)“ – one of her best works of art, and her largest-ever oil painting. In the 1960s, when she nurses her seriously ill husband, she discovers template-painting for herself. The artist’s later work combines abstract compositions, impressions of Berlin, animal portrayals, as well as Christian themes. In Berlin, Else Hertzer has several exhibitions, so in the Parkhaus Englischer Garten and the Haus am Lützowplatz. In 2017 she is represented in the exhibition „150 years Society of Berlin Female Artists“. The retrospective exhibition of 2019 at the Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde also contributes to increase public interest in her work. Works by Else Hertzer are also in possession of the Berlinische Galerie, the community of heirs, and in private collections.