Emilie Mediz-Pelikan (Vöcklabruck 1861 - 1908 Dresden)


Emilie Mediz-Pelikan was born in Vöcklabruck in 1861. She studied at the academy at Vienna  and followed her teacher Albert Zimmermann first to Salzburg and later on in 1885 to Munich. She stayed with Albert Zimemrmann until his death in 1888. Three years later she married the painter and graphic artis Karl Mediz, who was seven years younger. The couple lived in Vienna for several years until 1894 when Karl and Emilie Mediz moved to Dresden, Germany, where the artist lived until her early death. Emilie Mediz-Pelikan was in close contact to the artist's colony of Dachau. She travelled a lot and visited Paris, Belgium, Hungary and Italy.

Her early style is influenced by the ´paysage intime´ and the school of Barbizon and the impressionistic tendencies in the light of the Belgian coastal landscapes show clearly. She developed her art to a symbolistic concept which led to the style of the secessionists around the turn of the century. Emilie Mediz-Pelikan was a representative of a new found romanticism, the so called Naturromantik, and exhibited as well at the exhibitions of the Secession in Vienna as at those of the Hagenbund. Her works are linked to those of her husband Karl Mediz and the mutual interference is obvious. She reached her break trough as an artist in 1900, only seven years before she died in 1908.

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