* 30 June 1888 in Berlin; † 1960 in Berlin
German paintress and graphic artist
The artistic talent of Maria Heckert-Fechner, daughter of Hanns Fechner, the founder of the artists’ colony Schreiberhau and his wife Anna, is discovered and encouraged early by her teacher, the Berlin landscape paintress Eva Stort. After graduating from school, Maria Heckert-Fechner works as a private tutor until her marriage in 1917. She continues her further artistic education at the renowned private art college of Albert Reimann and the master class of Moriz Melzer, co-founder of the November Group, who from 1921 on teaches at the Reimann college. Apart from her artistic work, Maria Heckert-Fechner also commits herself to social affairs. She writes numerous essays and texts that deal with the situation of women. In 1921, the publishing house Lichtkampf publishes the book Der Schrei des Weibes, with woodcuts made by her. In 1922 her son is born, in 1928 her daughter. The National Socialists impose her with a disqualification from her profession and exclude her from the Reichskulturkammer for „racial reasons“. After 1945, Maria Heckert-Fechner takes an active part in the reconstruction of Berlin. She is a member oft he Society of Berlin Female Artists, and she is regularly represented at exchibitions in Berlin. Among her oeuvre there are paintings, landscape paintings, floral still lifes and figured compositions, mainly in oil, watercolour and pastel. In addition, she mainly uses series of her works in an attempt to expose discrimination – as she had experiened herself - and political suppression by the National Socialists, as e.g. in the linocuts „Danse macabre“, her contribution to the Great Berlin Art Exhibition of 1958.