Vintage Signed Paper Cutting/Silhouette/Scherenschnitte of a Boat and Water Scene, by German Artist Gertrud Blecke

Vintage Signed Paper Cutting/Silhouette/Scherenschnitte of a Boat and Water Scene, by German Artist Gertrud Blecke

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Silhouette, Scherenschnitte, Paper Cutting, Original Silhouette, Black Paper Cutout, Water Scene Scherenschnitte, Boat Scherenschnitte, German Scherenschnitte, German Silhouette, German Artist, Gertrud Blecke, Early 20th Century Silhouette, Art on Paper

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Vintage from before 2000

Description

This is an original silhouette/paper cutting (known in Germany as a ‘scherenschnitte’) of a water scene, created near the beginning of the twentieth century, by German artist Gertrud Blecke. The scene includes a large sailboat that is docked at a harbor, with other sailboats visible in the background. The black paper cut-out is affixed to a cream colored background paper. There is a thin black paper border around the main image, which is a distinctive element of this artist’s work. The image in this work of art is cut with a signifcant amount of detail. This includes cut-outs that represent reflections made in the water by the large sailboat. This cutting is signed (in what appears to be pencil) by the artist, in the lower right corner. Although the signature is very faint, it is still visible and is very clear ‘when looking at it under a magnifying glass’.

Paper cutting has been practiced around the world, for centuries. A Chinese official invented paper and paper-cut art appeared, in China, in 4th Century AD. By the 8th or 9th Century, paper-cutting appeared in West Asia. Since the knowledge of paper-making did not reach Europe until the 13th century, paper-cutting could only have been practiced in Europe after that time period. In the 16th century, paper-cut art was established in Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany. In Switzerland and Germany, the art form was known as ‘scherenschnitte’. Scherenschnitte art-making was brought to Colonial America in the 18th Century, by Dutch/German immigrants who settled (primarily) in Pennsylvania. For this type of decorative art, designs are (usually) cut from/into a single sheet of paper, using scissors and/or other sharp instruments, and then affixed to a background sheet of paper. Popular subjects of scherenschnitte art include fairytales, domestic scenes, village scenes, water scenes, houses, animals, people, vehicles, boats, religious figures and scenes, scrollwork, and whimsical designs.

German artist Gertrud Blecke created paper cuttings, around the turn of the 20th Century. Some people believe that she worked as a scherenschnitte-maker (in Germany) from 1890 to 1910, but it is possible that she was also working in the 1920s and 1930s. I have seen two types of paper cuttings that were made by Blecke. The first type is of 19th Century scenes, such as a scene of people dressed in Victorian attire and enjoying a horse and carriage ride. The second type is of boat scenes, including with cut-outs representing reflections made in water by the boats. Both types have a very thin black paper-cut border that is around a paper-cut main image.

This framed artwork is 9 1/2 inches (wide) by 11 1/2 inches (high). The actual paper cutting is 4 1/2 inches (wide) by 5 3/4 inches (high).

This item is in very good condition, with no tears, stains, or loose pieces of the black paper. Its thin black frame has a few minor scratches and dents.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

Please read the description and view the images, which are a part of the description. I will not accept a return, unless I made a material misstatement in describing the item or failed to disclose significant damage. In such an instance, if I am contacted within 4 days of the receipt of the item, I agree to accept a return, and the item is returned to me within 10 days of the receipt, I will provide a full refund and will also reimburse the buyer for reasonable return shipping costs (for which the method of return has been agreed upon, before the item is returned). If an item is damaged during the initial shipping, the buyer is responsible for communicating with (and submitting paperwork and proof of damage to) the shipper, so that a refund can be obtained. I will assist the buyer with obtaining compensation for the damaged shipment, to the extent that I am able to.
This is an original silhouette/paper cutting (known in Germany as a ‘scherenschnitte’) of a water scene, created near the beginning of the twentieth century, by German artist Gertrud Blecke. The scene includes a large sailboat that is docked at a harbor, with other sailboats visible in the background. The black paper cut-out is affixed to a cream colored background paper. There is a thin black paper border around the main image, which is a distinctive element of this artist’s work. The image in this work of art is cut with a signifcant amount of detail. This includes cut-outs that represent reflections made in the water by the large sailboat. This cutting is signed (in what appears to be pencil) by the artist, in the lower right corner. Although the signature is very faint, it is still visible and is very clear ‘when looking at it under a magnifying glass’.

Paper cutting has been practiced around the world, for centuries. A Chinese official invented paper and paper-cut art appeared, in China, in 4th Century AD. By the 8th or 9th Century, paper-cutting appeared in West Asia. Since the knowledge of paper-making did not reach Europe until the 13th century, paper-cutting could only have been practiced in Europe after that time period. In the 16th century, paper-cut art was established in Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany. In Switzerland and Germany, the art form was known as ‘scherenschnitte’. Scherenschnitte art-making was brought to Colonial America in the 18th Century, by Dutch/German immigrants who settled (primarily) in Pennsylvania. For this type of decorative art, designs are (usually) cut from/into a single sheet of paper, using scissors and/or other sharp instruments, and then affixed to a background sheet of paper. Popular subjects of scherenschnitte art include fairytales, domestic scenes, village scenes, water scenes, houses, animals, people, vehicles, boats, religious figures and scenes, scrollwork, and whimsical designs.

German artist Gertrud Blecke created paper cuttings, around the turn of the 20th Century. Some people believe that she worked as a scherenschnitte-maker (in Germany) from 1890 to 1910, but it is possible that she was also working in the 1920s and 1930s. I have seen two types of paper cuttings that were made by Blecke. The first type is of 19th Century scenes, such as a scene of people dressed in Victorian attire and enjoying a horse and carriage ride. The second type is of boat scenes, including with cut-outs representing reflections made in water by the boats. Both types have a very thin black paper-cut border that is around a paper-cut main image.

This framed artwork is 9 1/2 inches (wide) by 11 1/2 inches (high). The actual paper cutting is 4 1/2 inches (wide) by 5 3/4 inches (high).

This item is in very good condition, with no tears, stains, or loose pieces of the black paper. Its thin black frame has a few minor scratches and dents.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

Please read the description and view the images, which are a part of the description. I will not accept a return, unless I made a material misstatement in describing the item or failed to disclose significant damage. In such an instance, if I am contacted within 4 days of the receipt of the item, I agree to accept a return, and the item is returned to me within 10 days of the receipt, I will provide a full refund and will also reimburse the buyer for reasonable return shipping costs (for which the method of return has been agreed upon, before the item is returned). If an item is damaged during the initial shipping, the buyer is responsible for communicating with (and submitting paperwork and proof of damage to) the shipper, so that a refund can be obtained. I will assist the buyer with obtaining compensation for the damaged shipment, to the extent that I am able to.

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