Gerte Hacker (1911-2000) was active in Cleveland, specializing in decorative enamels on copper. This piece is striking in its coloring and composition. Overall, with the original frame, it measures 32 1/8″ t. x 9.5″.
Gerte Hacker Enamel Mural
The 4.5″ turquoise square is signed in gilt script. And the back bears a label saying Gerte Hacker / Originals. Dates to the 1950s or 1960s. In coloring and design, the piece was clearly intended for a Mid-Century Modern interior.
Ms. Hacker’s March 9, 2000 obituary in the Plain Dealer noted her accomplishments in enamel, including “crafted plates, trays, ashtrays, wall plaques, doorknobs, switchplates, jewelry and other enamel pieces, which she sold at her studio and gallery in Cleveland. Ms. Hacker also created enamels for department stores, including the Higbee Co. in Cleveland, Bailey Banks & Biddle in Philadelphia and Marshall Field in Chicago.” After studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, “Ms. Hacker’s art career began in the late 1940s in the basement studio of her Shaker Heights home. She was raising her children at the time. She started out as an oil painter, specializing in portraits. By the 1960s, she was running a studio and gallery in Cleveland. As her own marketing representative, she traveled the country to promote her creations. She also taught students at her studio and at Park Synagogue. After closing the business in the early 1970s, she continued painting flowers and girls with flowered hats until about .
For more info. about the artist, please visit http://www.artistsarchives.org/archived_artist/gerte-hacker/.
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