* 31 August 1879 in Riga; † 8 June 1970 in Stuttgart
German painter and tapestry weaver
Ida Kerkovius is one of the prominent artists of Classical Modern Art in Germany.
In Riga, she attends the municipal girls’ school and a private school of painting. In 1899 she terminates her education with an art-teacher’s diploma. Following a journey through Italy, she studies for a short time with Adolf Hölzel and becomes, from 1910 on, a student of his master-class and assistant at the art academy of Stuttgart. Hölzel’s personality and teachings considerably affect her artistic development. From 1911 on she works as a freelance painter in Stuttgart. In 1920 she joins the Üecht-Group that has been founded in Stuttgart in 1919 as a local branch of the Berlin November Group, and exhibits at their “2nd Autumn Show of Modern Art”. From 1920 on, she studies weaving at the Bauhaus in Weimar and attends classes with Itten, Klee, and Kandinsky. In 1924 she returns to Stuttgart and becomes a member of the Stuttgart Secession. She has her first major solo exhibition at the Württemberg Art Society. At the time of National Socialism, Ida Kerkovius is banned from taking part in exhibitions. She earns her living by teaching and weaving. Between 1934 and 1939, journeys abroad will stimulate her to take up landscape painting. An air raid on Stuttgart in March 1944 destroys a large part of her work. A new artistic period starts after the war. The works created between 1952 and 1955 on Ischia belong to her most important ones.