* 5 October 1900 in Berlin; † 22 April 1988 near Wasserburg on the Inn
German sculptress and draughtswoman
Like Renée Sintenis, Emy Roeder and Jenny Wiegmann-Murchi, Louise Stomps is one of the exponents of Berlin Modern Art and the first generation of freelance sculptresses in Berlin resp. Germany. She is regarded as an early representative of organic abstraction. Her figures are marked by simplicity and expressiveness of forms. Precise handling of materials and easy dealing with large formats are typical of her works that win high recognition after 1945. Louise Stomps‘ talent shows early, but only after the birth of her daughters and a divorce she is able to attend the sculpture class of the Berlin College of Fine Arts, from 1928 to 1932. For a short time she takes lessons with Milly Steger, at the Association of Berlin Visual Artists. Here, she creates her first wood figures, and in 1927 she starts to work in stone. Between 1928 and 1934, Louise Stomps has her first exhibitions. After 1933 the artist, who deeply despises the Nazi régime, withdraws herself in a self-imposed exile from society, and she lives in difficult material conditions. In 1943, her home and a large part of her works are destroyed in an air raid. Immediately after the war, she exhibits at the Berlin Galerie Gerd Rosen. 1953, in London, she is among the prizewinners of the Contest for a monument for the unknown political prisoner. From 1946 to 1951 she intensely pursues painting and drawing, in addition to sculpture. In 1951, Berlin honours Louise Stomps with the city’s art award. In 1960 she moves to Rechtmering near Wasserburg (Upper Bavaria) where, till the end of her life, she creates an extensive sculptural work. From 1958 on she has a great number of exhibitions, i.a. at the Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath. On 22 April 1988, Louise Stomps is killed in an accident on her motorcycle. The Berlinische Galerie and also national collections own works of art by her. In 2018, she is present at the exhibition The First Generation. Sculptresses of Berlin Modern Art at the Berlin Georg Kolbe Museum.