Wednesday, April 27, 2016

German Guardian Angel Art

Many of my favorite flea market finds in Germany were guardian angel art prints. After returning to Utah , I have now cleaned and restored my prized collection.  While removing many of the original lithographs from their frames, I was able to see  dates imprinted in the margins of the prints that when framed were not visible.  The oldest date I discovered was 1898.  Through the process of cleaning the prints I had my eyes opened to the early matting and framing techniques of the nineteenth and early twentieth century framing techniques.  It appears that common newsprint strips were glued to attach the prints to the matting and most of the time small brads were used to secure the prints.  Surprisingly, I did find a couple of frames where the mats were fastened with framing points very similar to those of today.  There were many different artists in Germany who painted guardian angel art, and many of the works were copies of previous paintings . Bernhard Plockhorst  (1825 - 1907 ) is probably one of the most know German painters and graphic artists known for his guardian angels and religious art.  Plockhorst's  painting The Guardian Angel (1886), showing an angel and two little children close to an abyss, was reproduced as a color lithography in thousands of copies and greatly influenced the later pictures of guardian angels. Follow me on Instagram
The Guardian Angel (1886)  Bernhard Plockhorst

The Guardian (c.1918)  H. Zabateri (Hans Zatzka)


Hans Zatzka (1859 - 1945) who painted under the name of H. Zabateri, originally painted children on a bridge with a guardian angel. The Guardian (c. 1918) was painted by H. Zabateri as a postcard . Original postcards with the artist's name can be purchased from collectors. Several prints of this painting have been attributed to "Lindberg". Lindberg copied the orginal painting and used brighter colors, detail changes, and simpler figures.  There are pages of prints for sale on the internet by H. Zabateri. They are primarily of religious themes, such as his well known image of "The Last Supper" and another of the "Sacred Heart of Jesus". There is little information on who H. Zabateri was, or where he was from. As with many artists of the era, Zabateri was a pseudonym, another name by which an artist signed his work. H. Zabateri was also known as Hans Zatzka; an Austrian who was born in Vienna in 1859 and died somewhere around 1945. It appears Hans Zatzka used the pseudonym of H. Zabateri for his more Christian religious works, (though there are some allegorical/mythological images with the Zabateri signature). Zatzka was known for his allegorical subjects, genre scenes, and figures. According to online biographies; he spent many years dedicating his painting to the churches and other known establishments of Austria. He was the student of the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna from 1877 to 1882. While he decorated numerous churches of Vienna, Mayerling, Olmutz and Innsbruck, he was most widely known for his passionate images depicting women, fairies and mythological subjects. Aware of the popularity of his women, Zatzka combined his love of painting women into great paintings which were in turn reproduced into postcards. He produced a vast amount of postcards during his time. Hans Zatzka's original work sells for thousands of dollars (U.S.), where as no original Zabateri work has ever shown up at a major auction house. It is possible that the Zabateri originals are being listed at auction as Zatzka's; but this is very difficult to research. 
Hans Zatzka, in addition to Zabateri; also painted under the pseudonym names of P. Ronsard and J. Bernard. 

Now after cleaning and restoring my collection of 37 guardian angel art prints they are on display at the Artists Boutique Gallery in Tremonton, Utah.   Follow me on Instagram













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4 comments:

  1. Who is the artist and what is the history behind the guardian angel picture that has an adult angel and toddler angel peeking in the baby's cradle? We found a print of it rolled up in my grandmothers closet. I had it framed but could not tell the artist because of damage on the bottom edge

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  2. This is a framed lithograph by Francois Laubnitz. Mother and Child and Cherubs. 1920's original gilded frame 42". Featured is a pretty, golden haired mother kneeling beside her golden haired infant. A toddler sits next to her and peeking out from behind the drapes are two cherubs.

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  3. Not the one. This has an adult angel and a littler angel peeking into a baby's cradle with what looks like a spinning wheel on right side of the print. There is a mirrored wash stand on the left in the print and an open stained glass window behind the spinning wheel. Thank you so much for your attention to this problem of mine. I noticed the print in one of the photos on this site. It is the third set of pictures from the bottom of the site (where I am typing).

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  4. The print I am refering to is on the left wall of the third frame of pictures from the bottom of this site. Who is the artist and do you know any history about that particular picture?

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