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Käthe Fischer (1870-?)

  • Ohne Titel. Buntstift und Tusche auf Papier, 3. Februar 1921
  • Ohne Titel. Pastellkreide auf Karton, 17. Juni 1924
  • Ohne Titel. Pastellkreide auf Karton, am 17. Juni 1924
  • Ohne Titel. Tusche auf Papier, 1921
  • Ohne Titel. Tusche auf Papier, um 1921

Alle Bilder: © Elmar R. Gruber

In 1913 Käthe Fischer accidentally discovered her mediumistic abilities during a table-turning séance with her mother in Munich. Soon she began to write automatically under the spiritual guidance of her late grandfather. She eventually burned these "revelations" of religious content at the command of her spirit guide. Then, she developed the ability to draw automatically. By order of the "spirits", Käthe Fischer made ornamental watercolors, but always one over the other until a chaotic clutter remained. From then on she only worked with ink and colored pencils as well as pastel chalks.

One of her spirit guides was a Nubian who signed a series of automatic drawings with the name Namgubi. These drawings with plant motifs, arabesques and ornaments with interwoven physiognomies show a rhythmic baroque as well as playful style. In other works the medium signed with the name Maria Kahlhammer, a spiritualistic medium known in Munich in the middle of the 19th century, who was supposed to be a channeled through Käthe Fischer. These drawings consist of energetically sketched grotesque forms, which sometimes look like humorous miniatures. Outlines of faces grow out of lines, which often have an ambiguous meaning, individual words are woven into the drawing.