Friday, July 1, 2011

Ilse Getz - Cafe Dulciumi, 1959

From her New York Times obit:

Ilse Getz was a painter and collage artist who also made three-dimensional works, mostly with found objects. Ms. Getz, whose maiden name was Bechhold, was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and came to the United State...s in 1933 as a teen-ager fleeing Nazism. She studied at the Art Students League in New York.

The many exhibitions of her work over the years included shows at the Museum of Fine Arts in Phoenix in 1964, the Neuberger Museum in Purchase in 1978, the Kunsthalle in Nuremberg in 1978 and the Alex Rosenberg Gallery in Manhattan in 1981.

Stuart Preston, writing in The New York Times in 1959, described her oils in a show at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery on East 57th Street in Manhattan as "composed of a variety of 'incidents,' painted in alert fashion." He reported that "bouncing shapes leap vigorously about, covering the canvas with lively marks that make for general vitality."

Ms. Getz also designed the backdrop for the 1960 production of Ionesco's play "The Killer" at the Seven Arts Theater in Manhattan. The backdrop is now in the collection of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College.


  1. I love this work. Thank you for showing it.

  2. Glad you liked it! Are you with New York School Press? If so, I'm loving the book I just received (Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists). :-) I've added the other two to my Amazon wish list.