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Interesting Watercolor /Signed Johanna Van Breeman /Titled Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany/ Circa 1937

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Posted 4 years ago


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Found this at Volunteers of America today. Told you it was a good day ! A nice impressionist watercolor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The tag on the back says it was entered into the Cleveland Museum of Art's 19th Annual Exhibition of work by Cleveland Artists and Craftsman May show 1937. The artists name is Johanna Van Bre....... it's torn ! I had to take it apart and clean and tighten it up so I removed it from the matte. She didn't sign it ! So I couldn't find out her whole last name. If this tag hadn't been there it would have been completely anonymous. Nothing online from just the partial name. The title however was easy. The missing word is Partenkirchen. Maybe she was at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany and painted this when she returned home. There is a box on the tag that says "Accepted" it isn't checked. So she might not have made the cut. Poor Johanna ! She probably was crushed and never painted again. Why go though all the trouble of framing this so nicely for nothing. I bet it was shown but it's a mystery, and I love it. -Mike-

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany history courtesy Yahoo Travel

As the hyphen in its name suggests, the chic skiing resort of GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN was originally not one alpine village but two, which faced each other across the Partnach stream and were united in a shotgun wedding in time for the 1936 Winter Olympics. The Games were an enormous success – so much so that the town was slated to host the 1940 Winter Games after the Japanese city of Sapporo withdrew. In the event, of course, war intervened and the 1940 Games didn't take place, but Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been on the international winter-sports map ever since, which gives the resort a relatively cosmopolitan air.


  1. nldionne nldionne, 4 years ago
    Cleveland museum of art 1937, this could get interesting:) I love it!!!
  2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
    I forgot to mention I found old Cleveland newspapers and flyers inside used as filler. Two complete yellowed but perfect condition Taylor's Basement Dollar sale ad flyers circa 1935. Also two sections of the December 1935 Sunday comics with multiple pages of Little Orphan Annie, Elmer, Tillie the Toiler,The Van Swaggers,Professor Kindly and others. All in color perfectly pressed. The single sheet one has a 6" tear in the middle. The other is four pages and perfect. What a time capsule ! Wonder if there's any market or value to these. Mustangtony would love these :)
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
    The tag on the back of the watercolor shows it's from the Cleveland Art Museum 1937 May Show. Below is an excerpt of the May show description from the History of Cleveland website.

    MAY SHOW - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

    The MAY SHOW is an annual juried exhibition of the works of northeast Ohio artists sponsored every spring by the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART. The first Annual Exposition of Cleveland Artists & Craftsmen, as the show was called before it earned the popular nickname "May Show," took place in 1919. The idea for an exhibition featuring works of Cleveland artists was proposed by museum director FREDERIC ALLEN WHITING† as a means of spurring artistic growth and development in Cleveland by providing an annual review of artists' works and an opportunity for art patrons in Cleveland to buy works. The first May Show allowed artists to display works created up to 10 years previous to the exhibition; beginning with the second show, however, only the previous year's work was eligible for submission.
  5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
    Believe it or not they actually have a May Show database. I found another painting by Johanna Van Breeman called "Winter Scene" which sold for fifty dollars in 1936. Looks like she entered the next year with this one in 1937 Maybe it just was never shown and went back to her. No other info though about her life or artistic career.

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