Jacoba van Heemskerck, Design for a Stained Glass Window No. 19, 1919
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Design for a Stained Glass Window No. 19, 1919

Jacoba van Heemskerck,

Design for a Stained Glass Window No. 19, 1919

This design for a stained glass window by the Dutch artist Jacoba van Heemskerck was shown at the 79th Sturm exhibition in Berlin during 1919. Der Sturm - a gallery, journal and book publisher in one - was of central importance to van Heemskerck. Her close friendship with its founder, Herwarth Walden, had a lasting influence on her work. From 1914 onwards, the artist worked on the topic of glass and experimented with the idea of glass rather than canvas as a picture carrier. She realised her own concept of the “divine principle” in glass, the transparent medium of light and colours, and created windows opening inner space to “cosmic space”. This design demonstrates her principle: homogeneous areas and unmixed colours are set into the tectonics of an abstract, linear frame. This adopts functions of both composition and construction. It is possible to discern a red tree, whose twisting branches become one with the picture background of violet and a cool blue.

Together with c. 4,000 others, the design is kept in the Archives of the United Workshops for Mosaic and Stained Glass Puhl & Wagner, Gottfried Heinersdorff.

Design for a Stained Glass Window No. 19, 1919
Cardboard
132 x 99,5 cm
Transferred from the Senator for Science and Art Berlin, 1975, with funds from the DKLB
Photo: Ilona Ripke, Berlin

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