Franciscan Nun, Berta Hummel Lithograph "Child with Baby Chicks"

Sebringville, ON N0K1X0(View Map)
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Berta Hummel (1909-1946) born in Bavaria, Germany lived through two world wars and created a legacy that is felt worldwide and personal.

"Sister Hummel drew sketches of radiant, chubby-cheeked little children. She captured them in carefree times of play, or tramping joyously through leaves or snow, or enjoying one another’s company in giddy fellowship. Sister Hummel portrayed the moments of childhood stored in everyone’s memory. She was still in touch with the innocence of her own childhood, and her art gloried in the wonder, the freshness of youthful experience." - from a biography

Not everyone loved Hummels. The Nazis, though they allowed Sister Hummel to work, banned the distribution of her art in Germany. The Nazis believed the Germans were the super race, and Sister Hummel’s depiction of children in patched clothes playing frivolous games irked them. Hitler himself attacked the art, denouncing the depiction of German children with “hydrocephalic heads.”

One Nazi magazine, the SA Man (issue of 23 March 1937), wrote of her work:

"There is no place in the ranks of German artists for the likes of her. No, the 'beloved Fatherland' cannot remain calm when Germany's youth are portrayed as brainless sissies".

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Matted: 16" x 13" Image: 10 1/2" x 8"

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