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Silhouettes - The Papercuts of Therese Prestel

Cabinet Exhibition in the Collection of Prints and Drawings
Therese Prestel (* 27.2.1856 in Mainz, † 1.7.1921 in Mainz) came from the well-known Prestel family of artists and publishers.
Following in her family's artistic footsteps, she found her medium in the technique of the papercut, which was particularly popular in the 19th century. In these hand-sized humorous works, she skilfully illustrates the society of the 1910s to 1920s in Mainz, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.
However, the silhouettes do not only document the fashion and taste of the time in a humorous way; she also addresses politically charged topics such as the World War or the Reichstag elections of the still young Weimar Republic in her cuts. The role of women is always emphasised or given special consideration.

Therese Prestel: „Frankfurt im Mai 1911.“, © GDKE - Landesmuseum Mainz, Foto: A. Garth
Therese Prestel: „Zwei Kinder und ein Hund im Regen“, © GDKE - Landesmuseum Mainz, Foto: A. Garth
Therese Prestel: „Herzlichen Ostergruss!“, © GDKE - Landesmuseum Mainz, Foto: A. Garth
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