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Maria Ressel 1877 - 1945.

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Melonen-kaufer (Melon Seller). c. 1909. Etching printed in grey-green. 5 1/4 x 7 (sheet 9 3/4 x 12 5/8). A fine impression with plate tone printed on cream wove paper. Signed and titled in pencil. $175.

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Wald c. 1923. Etching printed in grey-green. 7 5/4 x 5 3/4 (sheet 12 1/2 x 9 1/2). A fine impression with plate tone printed on watermarked cream wove paper. Ex-collection Eugene A. Noble'. Signed and titled in pencil. $175.

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Maria Ressel was born in Vienna, the daughter of Henry Ressel, a captain in Vienna Arsenal and his wife Maria. She began her training as a student of Heinrich Lefler (1863-1919) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Karl Karger (1848-1913) at the Vienna School of Applied Arts. From 1901 to 1905 she ran a painting school in Vienna in her own studio at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz 3.

Around 1900 she attended Elise Mahler's (1856-1924) painting school in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and settled there for a while. They went on several study trips, for example to Italy in 1901 and to Capri for six months in 1903/04. From 1904/06 together they founded Mahler Ressel, Kunsthandlung, Rothenburg O.T. with an attached web school and postcard publisher. Were made weavings and postcards on the basis of the Art Nouveau, which is also reflected in her oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. She was also known for a large number of Bookplates.

She undertook a study trip to Egypt with Thomas Cook Travels in 1908/1909 together with Elise Mahler, where she met the Africa explorer Georg Schweinfurth. During the trip they stayed for two months with the Egyptologist Ludwig Borchardt in the German House in Thebes, at the same time as the painter Carl Wuttke. In 1912 she worked in Baden-Baden and from 1913 in Munich, where she lived in Nymphenburg and Grünwald.

She was a member of the Munich Artists' Cooperative, the Association for Original Etching in Munich, the Munich Artists Association from approx. 1905 to 1920 and the Association of Berlin Women Artists. Further trips took her to the home of Elise Mahler in Flensburg and to her painter friend Elisabeth Büttner (1853-1934) in Hamburg, and in the 1920s several times to her summer house on the island of Hiddensee. Like Elisabeth B├╝ttner, she became a guest artist of the Hiddensoer Kü├╝nstlerinnenbund.

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