Norbertine Bresslern-Roth

Graz 1891 - 1978 Graz

Norbertine Bresslern-Roth was born in Graz in 1891. The artist is considered one of the pre-eminent Austrian animal painters. Her concise oil paintings are now rarely found on the international art market and have become coveted collectors items. Bresslern-Roth‘s extensive Œuvre surprises with its abundance of motives: domestic as well as exotic animals and wildlife are depicted again and again in true to life and narrative situations. She never was interested in a purely physiognomic representation of which she was, however, superbly capable. Instead, she tried to express fundamental emotions by means of the animals. As dispassionate, still contents alternate with dramatic motives, Bresslern-Roth varied her colour range from monochrome compositions to strong contrasts. The use of wide-meshed jute as grounding is characteristic for her work, its coarseness supporting the nature-related contents of her paintings. Already in her time, Bresslern-Roth occupied an important position in the international art scene with her oil paintings and linocuts. To this day, her unmistakable paintings have lost none of their formal and thematic conciseness and fascination. In 1978 Norbertine Bresslern-Roth died in Graz.