1920's Antique Black and White Family Silhouette by Eveline Maydell
This silhouette cut out is created by Eveline Adelheid von Maydell (1890-1962), a German artist who was known as being highly skilled with the art of Silhouetes. She was ambidextrous, she would draw and design with one hand, and cut with the other. Cutting portraits began as early as the 18th Century, before photography. These portraits were mostly done from the profile perspective, from black card. In the 19th Century the Silhouette style was coined, and this is how we know this type of art form today. Maydell was a skilled craftsperson in this regard, and several of her works were on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1925. She had a recent exhibition at the Kadriorg Art Museum, and in 2014 there was a renewed interest in her works. Several books on her drawings and cut-outs have been published, as well as a children's book. She travelled often and captivated people with her delicate, seductive and precise works of art with black paper. Today her art can be seen all over the world. During the ravages of WW2, Maydell’s suitcases with her finely executed silhouettes were left behind in Estonia where she was living a the time. Today, these tiny, mostly black and white, works of art are stored at the National Archives of Estonia. There are not many available today, so this is a rare find. In this Silhouette drawing we see a family engaging in a conversation and playing with their lap dog. They sit on a checkered floor, which resembles a stage and serves as an acknowledgement to the activity of portraiture art and sitting. It is a traditional scene of family bliss, a common theme for the cut-out. On the bottom right hand corner Eveline Maydell has signed the drawing, as a "Souvenir". Perhaps Mr and Mrs Reginald Townsend were acquaintances, or among some of her friends. The drawing measures 10.5 by 14 inches and is framed with a nicely glowing burl wood frame that shows light gold decorative line work. The frame is slightly worn but this is due to its age. The drawing itself dates back to 1920. The frame adds to the charm of the drawing, both which have been well cared for over these years.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 10½ in | WIDTH: 14 in
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