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Herta Czoernig-Conbanz, Woman Pioneer & Austrian Etcher

A Viennese wonder, Herta Czoernig-Conbanz (1886-1970) became a prolific artist. She spent most of her life walking the cities and towns of Austria, recording city street scapes and the countryside. Using her artistic tools and sketch pad, she captured picturesque streets, homes and scenery. Frequently she sketched with color pencils and watercolors and is generally considered to have been the last "topographical" artist in Vienna.

She was born in Klagenfurt. As a young girl she wanted to become an artist, however women were not accepted as students at the Graphic Academy of Vienna. So she attended the Art School for Women and later studied in Weimar, Germany. In Vienna, Professor Ludwig Michalek taught her the art of etching, a medium that she mastered skillfully. In the etching below, she demonstrates her needle carving skill on a metal plate, that was put into an acid bath and printed. One word only; Remarkable.

After World War II, in the mid-1940s, Herta Czoernig received…