This postcard features one of Catharina Klein's bird paintings. Klein was born in 1861 in Eylau in East Prussia (what is now a Russian province called Kallinigrad) and died in Berlin, Germany, in 1929. A prolific artist who made her way in a man's world, she painted more than 2,000 different still life images during her career, while also running an art school and teaching others. She was especially known for her roses and her floral alphabet series. But she also painted fruits and birds.
There is a hint of a tack mark at the bottom next to her name. You have to look closely. Corner tips show wear and there is a nick at the top edge. But the colors in this chromolithograph are as fresh as when it came off the printer a century ago!
One mystery I have no answer for. There are no publishers marks on this card. Klein's work was often published by Meissner & Buch or other such big name companies. Her signature is on the front but no printer's marks.
The back side of this card is almost as special as the front; definitely interesting. Mailed in Switzerland in 1911, the sender is writing to "Madame Helene Stamm." Madame makes her a married woman or a widow. I can't decipher all of the message written in French but the part that is clear -- well, judgment aside -- the words of endearment are so sweet! I love the excess exclamation points:) I think she was having an affair or was he one of several suitors?? The sender wrote his note upside down, so I'm including two scans of the backside, on upside down so you can read the love note, too. "And dear Helene, to occupy the time while I'm waiting for the train, which goes .... [away from ??] you that I love ??? I will address to you the present and how I wish I could be like these two birds!! and to be the only one to sing near your nest, the song of love. Pardon my selfishness!!! ?? jealous of only what we love. Good-bye. HW"
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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